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FOUL FLOOD: Wet wipe blockage causes road’s sewers to overflow

 Published on: 15th February 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A ball of fat and wet wipes blocked a main sewer in Rickmansworth recently, causing sewage to leak into the street and in a number of houses.

Water supply company Thames Water were called out on January 29 to deal with the issue, which ended up affecting around 200 houses and 500 residents.

A number of calls had been made with several households reporting an overflow of sewage into their homes. The afflicted sewer was the main one running underneath Uxbridge Road, Park Way and Elm Way. Thankfully the situation was resolved.

Thames Water have often spoken about the issues surrounding the flushing of wet wipes and other supposedly “flushable” products, even going so far as to start the “Bin it- don’t block it” campaign to encourage people to chuck these items in the bin instead of down the toilet.

The company claims on their website that they clear around 75,000 blockages in their sewer networks every year, with most of these being caused by the flushing of items such as wet wipes, cotton pads and other sanitary items.

A local resident who was in the area at the time of the clean-up said: “Yet again this shows the serious effect of flushing wet wipes. Let’s hope that the message is adopted in Rickmansworth.”

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