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Yorkshire towns named bottom of the league for sewer blockages caused by wipes

Five Yorkshire towns appear in the worst 10 postcodes for sewer blockages!
 
We are called out to more than 30,000 sewer blockages every year, costing £2.4 million. 

The towns with the highest number of blockages caused by wipes include Huddersfield, Wakefield, Sheffield, Barnsley and Morley. 

We're calling on customers to stop flushing wipes down the toilet, even so-called flushable wipes don’t break down in the sewer. 

Tom Phillips of Yorkshire Water said: “The impact of sewer flooding can be truly disgusting – sewage bubbling back up through toilets and sinks into customers’ homes or spilling out of grates into gardens.

“Sewage is one of those invisible things we don’t like to think about. Once we’ve flushed the toilet we rightly expect not to see the contents again, but as wipes don’t break down in the sewers they can quickly build up to cause a blockage.

“We know there are wipes on the market labelled flushable, but this is just a marketing ploy to make consumers think they are easier to use. The wipes contain plastic, which is why they don’t break down like toilet paper does. 

“There’s a simple rule for things you should flush down the toilet; stick to the three Ps – pee, poo and paper.”

On Monday 17 July we launched our new campaign to discourage people from flushing wipes down the toilet – blockages caused by wipes are by far the biggest proportion of sewer blockages across the county, accounting for 40% of the total each year. 

The campaign Yorkshire Loves a Binner will run across social media and includes targeted activity in areas where wipes are the biggest cause of regular sewer blockages. 

And it’s not just wipes that cause problems in our region’s sewers. We have previously found false teeth, a Christmas tree and shopping trolleys in our underground pipes.

To report a sewer blockage fast and for free, visit our homepage to request a call back or chat online to our helpful advisors.

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