A NEW appeal was made today to stop people in Huddersfield blocking their drains.
The call, by Yorkshire Water, came as officials revealed they had logged 61 cases of flooding caused by blocked drains in the town this year.
They said the problems were caused by people using their toilets and sinks as dustbins.
In West Yorkshire, there have been 218 incidents of internal and external flooding in 2009 as a result of people abusing their sewers – more than in any other area of Yorkshire.
Last year Yorkshire Water cleared around 20,000 blockages from the sewers in the region and 50% of these were caused by people putting the wrong things down the drains.
Research conducted by Yorkshire Water highlighted that nearly 40% of people dispose of fat, oils and grease by flushing it down the sink while nearly a quarter of all people think its okay to put items like cotton buds, nappies or sanitary products down the toilet.
The initiative which is part of Yorkshire Water’s Bin It Don’t Flush It campaign, uses an animated film and a character called Numptee to communicate the consequences of putting nasty things like nappies and fat down the sewers.
Numptee disposes of his unwanted items down the sewer or the sink and watches his home flood with sewage.
Trevor Birch, network asset manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “We are seeing more and more flooding in the UK caused by extreme weather and the effects of this can be much worse if sewers are blocked by fat or nappies.
“Fat, nappies and wipes were last year responsible for 30% of internal flooding cases in Yorkshire.
“This campaign is about highlighting the consequences of these actions in a light hearted way, and letting our customers know that they can play their part in preventing flooding.”
The company are offering free Fattraps for customers.
Customers can visit the website yorkshirewater.com/binit to order a Fattrap, like a giant teabag that soaks up leftover fat, oil or grease after cooking.