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Catchment Management

Wentworth and Dearne loves a binner!

John Healey MP for Wentworth and Dearne is backing our ‘Yorkshire loves a binner’ campaign which asks residents in our top 10 sewage blockage hotspots to bin wet wipes and sanitary items, not flush them. 

The postcode area S63 is in our top 10 hotspots and the local MP was invited to meet some engineers who look after the sewers during one of their proactive checks. The engineers were on the hunt for blockages caused by 'flushable' wet wipes. We are calling on customers in South Yorkshire to stop flushing wipes down the toilet, as even so-called flushable wipes don’t break down in the sewer network.

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

After the visit, John said: "It was good to see first-hand the problems these wipes are causing and meet the engineers with the job of cleaning out blockages. I was struck by how big the problem has become in recent years and that wipes now cause of 70 per cent of blockages. Yorkshire Water say it costs them £2 million a year to deal with blocked sewers, which goes straight on our water bills.

"Part of the problem lies with those who make and sell wet wipes. They often brand the product as 'flushable', so it's understandable that you'd think it's OK to put them down the loo. But even wipes that say they're flushable don't break down like toilet paper and they block our sewers, which can worsen flooding and pollution and push up bills.

"Whatever it says on the wet wipe pack, it's best to bin it, not flush it."

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