Have you ever seen someone pour paint or oil down the drain in the street, or maybe flick a cigarette butt through the grate?
Acts like this may seem harmless but they can have a devastating impact on our rivers and seas and can even harm wildlife.
At a time when people are looking ahead to spring and thinking about having a bit of a clear out, it’s important to recognise that the most outdoor drains lead directly to watercourses and seas, and shouldn’t be used as a means for disposing of waste liquids.
This month LOVEmyBEACH is supporting #Binit4beaches with only #RainDownTheDrain to encourage people to reuse, recycle or safely dispose of waste liquids to ensure rivers, streams and seas are protected.
The drains which are connected to your toilet or washing machine carry the dirty, waste water to treatment works where processes are applied to clean the water and release it safely back into the natural environment.
In contrast, outdoor drains are designed to carry ONLY rainwater, usually to the nearest river, stream or sea. As the water is 100% natural rainwater there is no requirement to send it with the dirty water that comes from our homes to a waste treatment works, instead it travels directly into our rivers and seas.
That’s why it’s so important that pollutants such as engine oil, cooking oil, paints and chemical wastes are never poured down the drain. Instead, take unwanted items to your household recycling centre to be disposed of safely.
Misconnected premises can also pollute rivers and seas by allowing the dirty water from household appliances to enter watercourses instead of going down the foul sewer and arriving at treatment works. Check your property is connected right by visiting www.connectright.org