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Solihull residents warned to keep wipes out of pipes

Solihull Editorial 25th Jan, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

KEEP your wipes out of the pipes.

That’s the advice from the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) with households across England and Wales being urged to join the battle to reduce the tens of thousands of blockages clogging up our drains and sewers.

‘Adult’ toys, a dismantled greenhouse, space hopper and hand grenade were just a few of the strange finds discovered in the bowels of the nation’s sewers, as water companies spent about £50 million clearing over 200,000 blockages in 2014/15 caused by inappropriate items put down the loo and sink.

But none of these items came close to matching the pain in the drain caused by the thousands of wet wipes flushed down the loo, or the greasy fats and oils poured down the sink.

Steve Grebby, CCWater’s sewerage expert, said: “Sewer flooding causes misery for thousands of households every year, which is why it’s in all our interests to keep our drains and sewers clear and flowing freely.

“One very simple way we can do that is by making sure we only flush pee, poo and paper down the loo.”

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