How to help at home

Households across the North-west are connected to the sea by the rivers network, which lead to the coast. During times of excess rain, or through built up blockages, sewage may leak into the natural environment finding its way into these rivers and eventually, to the sea.

That’s why, wherever you live in the North-west, there’s something you can do to help make a difference.

Firstly, remember the simple rule only flush the 3 Ps: Pee, Poo and Paper.

To avoid blockages and overflows, disposable products such as wet wipes, cotton buds and sanitary items should be disposed of in the bin, not down the toilet, even if it says ‘flushable’ on the packaging.

Don’t pour kitchen fats, oils and grease down the sink. Although washing detergents may give the impression that they break up the oil and greases, once these settle again sewer blockages can occur. Team these sticky fats with non-flush-able items likes wet wipes and cotton buds and ‘fat-bergs’ are created.

Check out our top 5 tips below.

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Only flush the 3Ps - pee, poo and (toilet) paper, put everything else in the bin

Don't pour fats, oils and greases down the sink - create a fat trap instead and bin them

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Catch your rainwater in a water butt and reduce the amount of water in the sewers

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Did you know...

That our road drains often lead straight into our rivers and seas? This means anything else that gets poured down or washed in can affect our local water quality. So, don’t pour anything down them that you wouldn’t want to swim in!