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Fat and oil was cause of street sewerage issue

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

23/05/14 Drainage Drainage Issues on the Junction of Branston Rd and Burton Rd under the Leicester Line Bridge

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WORKERS from a water giant were quick off the mark to put and end to a sewerage problem in Burton – only hours after they were called out.

Severn Trent Water staff were met with a huge pile of fat when they were called out to a sewer problem in Branston Road on Friday evening -just hours after it was reported.

The company was called to help when sewage was seen coming from a gulley in the road and a close inspection found that the sewer was blocked. The culprit was a huge pile of fat and grease, all clogged together into a plug that blocked the sewer, causing sewage to back up and come out of the sewer into the road.

It appears that residents in the area have been disposing of leftover fat, oil and grease down the toilet or sink and that had caused the problem.

Jason Lingard, waste water manager for Severn Trent, said: “Having sewage flooding near to or even inside your home due to sewers being blocked is one of the most horrible things that can happen to you, and we don’t want our customers to suffer in this way, as it’s entirely preventable.

“The drains that take waste water away from your home are only a few inches wide and are only meant to take water, toilet roll and human waste.

“Leftover cooking fat, oil and grease may seem to wash down the sink easily with washing up water, but when it reaches the cold sewer outside, it cools and solidifies, sticking to the sides and eventually builds up until it blocks the sewer.

“These sewer blockages, if not identified and cleared, can lead to sewage backing up and overflowing into people’s homes and gardens.

“And it’s not necessarily the people who put the wrong things down the sink and toilet that are affected.”

The blockage of fat was removed on Friday evening and the sewer has now been fully cleaned.

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