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Yorkshire Water challenge “Unblock Against the Clock” returns to Wakefield

‘Unblock Against the Clock’ is back for October. Yorkshire Water is bringing the house of fun to Wakefield city centre this Saturday after the success of the challenge over the summer. The escape room will educate the public on the impact everyday items can have on Yorkshire’s pipes.

The wacky house will be at the Bull Ring, Wakefield on Saturday 19th October from 9am until 5pm.

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. The teams will only have fives to solve the clues, ‘bin the blockers’ and escape through the sewer.

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.

Yorkshire Water is trying to educate the residents of Wakefield on the dangers of flushing items such as nappies and wipes or rising fats, oils and grease down the sink.

Only the three Ps, pee, poo and paper break down in the sewer system, anything else can cause a blockages 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 Wakefield 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/