This is part of our Keep the cycle running smoothly campaign to raise awareness about the issue of people putting the wrong things down their toilets and sinks.
More than 40,000 blockages in Scotland’s drains and sewer network were attended by Scottish Water last year and 80% of these were caused by people putting the wrong things down their sinks and toilets.
Stirling has been selected as a pilot area where Scottish Water is urging customers to help prevent blocked drains and sewers with the launch of the second phase of our campaign to highlight the impact of these bad habits.
The city was identified as an area with a high number of blocked drains and sewers. Scottish Water’s sewer response team responded to more than 550 calls from customers about sewer blockages in Stirling between 2012 and 2013.
Cooking fat, oils and grease coupled with bathroom waste such as cotton buds, nappies and baby wipes create a perfect storm of solidified fat and material that can’t break down easily like toilet paper and collects in large clumps beneath Scotland’s streets. These blockages create costs of over £7million a year for Scottish Water.
This leads to the misery of flooding of thousands of properties across Scotland, leaving householders and communities with the hassle and expense of repairing damaged property and sometimes resulting in pollution to local rivers and burns.
On February 17, a seven-week long series of national television and radio adverts, backed by the re- gional campaign in Stirling and one in Dumfries, started to highlight easy ways householders can play a part in keeping the water cycle running by disposing of kitchen and bathroom waste responsibly and by saving water.
To see Scottish Water’s campaign TV adverts, visit Scottish Water’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/scottishwaterfilm
Customers can learn more about what they can do to keep the cycle running, what should not be flushed down toilets or poured down sinks and how they can save their drains, protect their homes, their neighbours’ homes and the local environment at www.scottishwater.co.uk/cycle