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Catchment Management

Batley and Spen loves a binner!

Tracy Brabin MP for Batley and Spen has backed the ‘Yorkshire loves a binner’ campaign asking residents in Yorkshire's top 10 sewage blockage hotspots to bin wet wipes and sanitary items, not flush them. 

Batley, Birstall and Heckmondwike are in the top 10 hotspots and the local MP was invited to meet some engineers who look after the sewers during one of their proactive checks of the area’s sewers. The engineers were on the look out for blockages caused by 'flushable' wet wipes. We're asking customers in Batley and Spen to stop flushing wipes down the toilet, as even so-called flushable wipes don’t break down in the sewer like toilet paper.

Sewer blockages can cause homes and gardens to flood, and even result in sewage escaping into local rivers and becks. Annuall, we're called out to more than 14,000 sewer blockages, costing £2 million.

After the visit, Tracy said: “Visiting Yorkshire Water provided me with a fascinating insight into the consequences of flushing products labelled as flushable, and I encourage families to bin, rather than flush their wet wipes.

“It was great to meet the Yorkshire Water engineering team who showed skill, excellence and commitment to keeping our sewage pipes clear”.

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