Unique Yorkshire Water challenge will see Sheffield residents “Unblock Against the Clock”

‘Unblock Against the Clock’ is back for October. Following the success of the escape room throughout the summer Yorkshire Water is bringing the wacky house to Sheffield 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 Fargate, Sheffield on Saturday 12th October from 9am until 5pm.

Teams will have only five minutes to quickly solve the clues, ‘bin the blockers’ and escape through the sewer. Visitors 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.

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

The company is trying to educate the people of Sheffield on the dangers of flushing or rinsing items such as nappies, wipes and oil down sinks and toilets.

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 Sheffield and speak to customers about a serious message, but in a fun and engaging way.”

‘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/