Leeds residents to “Unblock Against the Clock” in unique Yorkshire Water challenge

‘Unblock Against the Clock’ is back for October. Following the success of the wacky house over the summer Yorkshire Water is bringing its escape room to Leeds city centre this Saturday to educate the public on the impact everyday items can have on Yorkshire’s pipes.

The house of fun will be in Briggate, Leeds on Saturday 5th October from 9am until 5pm.

Teams have only five minutes to quickly solve the clues, ‘bin the blockers’ and escape through the sewer. People will be hunting through kitchen sinks, searching toilet bowls and exploring the sewers against the clock to find and bin as many blockers as they can.

Visitors have the chance to win some amazing prizes including an iPad, shop vouchers, anti-blockages kits or a photo of Yorkshire Water’s Wipesaur.

Yorkshire Water is trying to bring the dangers of flushing items such as nappies, wipes, and fat to the attention of the people of Leeds.

Only the three Ps, pee, poo and paper break down in the sewer system, everything else causes a blockage and with nowhere else to go, waste can end up going back where it came from, leading to unpleasant consequences.

Yorkshire Water spends £2.4m a year and deals with 30,000 blockages, with 40% caused by unsuitable items being flushed or rinsed down the toilets and sinks.

Yorkshire Water Wastewater Campaign Lead, Adrian Flanagan, said: “Flushing wipes down the toilet can end up messy! Wipes don’t break down like toilet paper and can quickly build up, causing blockages which are not only unpleasant but can cost a lot of time and money to clear up.

“It’s great that we are able to bring Unblock Against the Clock to Leeds, speak to customers about a serious message and have some fun at the same time.”

‘Unblock Against the Clock’ is running alongside ‘Unblocktober’, a month-long national campaign to raise awareness and improve Britain’s drains, sewers, watercourses and seas.

For more information go to www.yorkshirewater.com/blockages and www.unblocktober.org/