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Avoiding sewer blockages

Sewer blockages can cause spills that harm the environment.

Help us avoid blockages by keeping these items out of the sewer.

Plastic bags
Clothing and rags
Nappy wipes
Women's hygine products
Cotton buds

You can keep waterways clean by being careful about what you flush down the toilet, sink or drain.

  • Use environmentally friendly detergents and cleaning products
  • Use a sink strainer to stop food scraps going down the sink
  • Avoid putting grease, paints, chemicals and pesticides down the drain.

Tree roots are also a major cause of sewer blockages. You can help avoid this by choosing trees carefully and planting trees away from sewer pipes. There is more information available in the below fact sheet.

Video: Don't Flush It

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