And it’s not just dirty water that ends up in our sewers. Every year we spend around £7million unblocking pipes, removing sanitary products such as wipes, tonnes of sticky cooking fat and oil, as well as mattresses, bicycles, fridges, shopping trolleys, and false teeth!
More than two thirds of all sewer blockages are caused by people putting things down the sewers that shouldn't be there.
Even a half-blocked pipe can slow the flow, causing an overflow of the used water that we try so hard contain, especially if it’s raining heavily.
To help keep your used water where it belongs, give a thought about what you flush and help avoid blockages. Our Keep It Clear programme is raising awareness of these issues and working with communities to make a difference.