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Sheffield loves a binner!

Angela Smith MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge has backed our ‘Yorkshire loves a binner’ campaign asking residents in its top 10 sewage blockage hotspots to bin wet wipes and sanitary items, not flush them. 

Sheffield is in our top 10 hotspots and the local MP was invited to meet some engineers who look after the sewers in their constituency during one of their proactive checks of the area’s sewers. The engineers were on the hunt for blockages caused by 'flushable' wet wipes. We are calling on customers in Penistone and Stocksbridge to stop flushing wipes down the toilet, as even so-called flushable wipes don’t break down in the sewer. 

Sewer blockages can cause homes and gardens to flood, and even result in sewage entering local rivers and becks. We are called out to more than 14,000 sewer blockages every year, costing £2 million.

After the visit, Angela Smith MP said: “Can I thank the team at Yorkshire Water for inviting me to see this often unseen but extremely important part of their work. All too often we consumers forget the vital work of dealing with waste water.

“Unfortunately, however, and often through no fault of their own many consumers make the job of keeping the drains clean and unblocked more difficult by flushing wipes down the toilet. While it is often the case these products say they are flushable, they are not and I ask consumers to keep this in mind and dispose of these items in the bin.

“Just remember if these wipes do cause a blockage it might be your drains that block up and it might be you who suffer the inconvenience of not being able you use your toilet or empty your sinks.”

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