Our blue crabs campaign

Spray painted blue crab on roadside

Hundreds of crabs are appearing on kerbs and drain covers along the seafront car parks and the town centres across the region. 

No, it isn't a seaside invasion, but there is a serious environmental message behind them.

The spray-painted crustaceans are a colourful attempt to mark up rainwater drains and to make people think twice about tipping things down them.

What is the importance of rainwater drains?

These drains - or surface water sewers, as they are officially called, flow directly out to sea. They are only supposed to take rainwater.

So why blue crabs?

It’s important that anyone who may need to use foul drains in the area, use the correct drain and the easiest way to mark up a rainwater drain is to paint something striking near or on it. The crabs are a visual reminder that this drain is directly linked to the sea. 

The background behind blue crabs

The campaign started after several incidents in Essex where used water as well as fats, oils and food waste from restaurants, were wrongly tipped down these rain drains and had gone straight out to the local beaches and the sea. 

It’s important that everyone (including companies and contractors who need to use foul drains in the area, use the correct drain and the easiest way to mark up a rainwater drain is to paint something striking near or on them. The crabs are a visual reminder that this drain is directly linked to the sea.

What can you do to help?

To help protect our much loved coastlines you can help to make sure that these drains only receive rainwater.

Misuse of these drains can often be an innocent mistake, but we are encouraging visitors and residents to be on the look out and let us know if you spot anyone tipping things into rainwater sewers.

Help us to protect our much-loved coastline.

 

 

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