FAMILIES with young babies in Huddersfield are causing a rather messy problem.
Dozens of them have caused problems in the town’s sewers – by blocking them with nappies and baby wipes.
New figures from Yorkshire Water have revealed that Huddersfield is one of the worst areas for such flooding blockages.
Over the last 12 months, Yorkshire Water – which operates 33,000km of sewer – has removed dozens of blockages from its network of sewers in the town which have occurred as a result of baby-related items such as nappies, baby wipes and even baby clothing becoming lodged inside.
The problem of sewer abuse has become so great in the region that last year out of the 20,000 blockages the company removed from its sewers, thousands were directly attributable to build-ups of nappies and baby wipes.
So far this year in Huddersfield, there have been 33 incidents of nappies causing flooding.
Rotherham and Halifax also feature prominently as two areas particularly affected by sewer flooding as a result of blockages from nappies and wipes, with 29 and 21 incidents recorded respectively since the start of the year.
Fran Winter, Yorkshire Water’s network disruption manager, said: “Whether it’s down to the reported baby-boom in Yorkshire, or just bad practice amongst a small minority of people, there’s no doubt we’re removing a large number of blockages in our sewers caused by build-ups of nappies, wipes and baby clothes.
“People often don’t realise the problems that can occur from them wrongly disposing of products such as nappies down our sewers – if they don’t make it through to our sewage works, they can often end up accumulating in our sewers which can lead to blockages and potentially result in sewage flooding people’s homes, which is obviously something nobody wants.
“And people who practice such behaviour also risk blocking up their own private drains, which they are then responsible for clearing, which can be quite a costly exercise.
“Our message is very simple: Bin it, don’t flush it.”