Southern Water is teaming up with supermarkets Waitrose and Sainsbury’s to encourage customers not to cause pains in the drains this Christmas.
Since January, more than 2,500 sewer blockages have been caused by people in the county pouring waste cooking fat, oil and grease, or FOG, down their kitchen sinks or drains.
The company says the blockages can lead to flooding inside homes and businesses and are expensive to clear - money that could be saved on customers’ bills.
Southern Water is now working with the retailers to give away thousands of fat traps and fat funnels to people buying their Christmas turkey or roast from participating Waitrose stores, or ordering online from Sainsbury’s. The traps and funnels can be used to collect FOG for recycling or disposal via the bin.
Brighton & Hove is top of Sussex’s FOG ‘hot spot’ chart so far this year, with 348 blockages. Bognor Regis is next at 221 blockages, followed by Worthing with 205 and Eastbourne at 194. Hailshgam had 64 blockages.
Paul Kent, Wastewater Strategy Manager for Southern Water, said, “It is fantastic to be working with Waitrose and Sainsbury’s to raise awareness about the impact of pouring fat, for example, from your Christmas dinner, down the plughole or drain.
“When that fat enters the sewers, it cools, forming blockages that can be as hard as concrete. These then trap other items, such as wet-wipes, which should also not be thrown away via the sewer system. By using one of the free fat traps from Waitrose, or the free fat traps and funnels from Sainsbury’s, people can help keep sewers in their neighbourhood running freely.”
Free fat traps will be available at participating Waitrose stores. Sainsbury’s will be sending out fat traps and funnels with online deliveries.
For information on disposing of fat safely see www.south ernwater.co.uk/paininthedrain