Water and waste water provider UKDN Waterflow has created a free poster for chippies to display in their shops to advise customers and staff on how they can help prevent common causes of blocked drains.
It is in response to the thousands of calls it gets each year to address toilets and sinks which are blocked by items which should be disposed of in a bin.
The ‘Dirty Dozen’ poster features 12 of the most common causes of blocked drains, including wet wipes, nappies and fats and oils.
Director Andy Jackson said: “Our Dirty Dozen posters are designed to educate the public about what is a growing threat. We recognise businesses need to get their customers on their side to prevent these drain blockages.
“Many don’t realise their actions can inconvenience hundreds of other people, and cause serious financial loss for the businesses whose facilities they are using."
In the worst cases, Dirty Dozen items – such as wet wipes, fats, and oils – mix together to create fatbergs that can block sewers for up to 100 metres or more.
Andy continues: “Fatbergs can cause serious flooding and major inconvenience for thousands of people at a time.
“Businesses face heavy fines if they have not taken steps, such as installing drainage interceptors, to stop fats and other polluting substances getting into the wastewater network.
“Even with such measures in place, the Dirty Dozen can threaten a business’s reputation and financial security. Putting up our posters is a positive step that takeaways and restaurants can take to keep their drains flowing freely, and to demonstrate due diligence in tackling a serious problem.”
The poster is free to download by clicking here
. Printed versions are also available on request.