Armed Forces Day

Cleethorpes is set to stage the biggest event in the Armed Forces calendar later this month (25 June), and Anglian Water has lent a hand to show its support for service men and women across the region. 

Cleethorpes is set to stage the biggest event in the Armed Forces calendar later this month (25 June), and Anglian Water has lent a hand to show its support for service men and women across the region.

Working with North East Lincolnshire Council event organisers, the water company is providing a range of support services to ensure the UK’s service men and women get a fitting tribute; From making it easier to get rid of portaloo waste to supplying bottled water for service personnel and ensuring things are ticking along smoothly underground.

It’s in keeping Cleethorpes blockage free where Anglian Water is calling on visitors and residents for help.

The water company’s Keep It Clear team will be at the Armed Forces weekend, running Mad Science shows near the Boating Lake and Navy Village. The Mad Science shows demonstrate how sewer pipes work in a fun and engaging way, and the displays will remind visitors to take their litter home with them and bin wipes, to avoid blocked pipes.

Jo Hayward, Anglian Water’s Coastal Protection Manager for Lincolnshire, said: “Visitors from all over the world and across the UK are going to be travelling to Lincolnshire next weekend, and we want everyone to enjoy this fantastic event and celebrate our Armed Forces.

“We also want to ensure Cleethorpes remains sewer blockage free - now and in future - to protect local residents, and the beautiful Cleethorpes coastline, from the horrible affects and pollution that can be caused by sewer flooding.

“We already clear around 30,000 sewer blockages every year. Most of these are completely avoidable and caused by wipes, fats and other items that should go in the bin. When visitors come to our region they are not always aware of the Keep It Clear principles in the same way local residents are, so we’re putting on a fun show at the event to get this important message across:

• Bin wipes to avoid blocked pipes: Wipes, sanitary waste, cotton buds, should all go in the bin!
• Take your litter home: Litter ends up at the beach and is harmful to wildlife. It can also wash into drains causing sewer blockages that lead to pollution.
• Get binning in the kitchen: Fats oils and grease should not be washed down the sink, they should go in the bin along with food scraps to avoid fatbergs and pollution
Jo continued: “If we can remind visitors and residents to be responsible and ‘Keep It Clear’ all year round we’ll be a step closer to protecting our much loved seaside.”

Supporting ex-Service men and women

Anglian Water’s stand near the Boating Lake will also be manned by some of its employees who are also Reservists. They’ll give visitors an insight into what working life is like on ‘Civvy Street’ and why Anglian Water’s CEO, Peter Simpson, recently pledged to welcome former military personnel and reservists into the company’s workforce.

The commitment came after an inspirational day at the Invictus Games last year where Prince Harry and Prince William spoke about the challenge for some ex-Service men and women entering the world of work.

“Ex-Service men and women have an important role to play in the region’s workplaces,” Anglian Water Chief Executive Peter Simpson said. “Anglian Water is one of the biggest employers in the east of England and there are also several military bases on our patch, so I feel we have a real responsibility to do all we can to support our Service personnel. These are people who have put their lives on the line for their country and we all owe them a debt of gratitude. But as a businessman, I also want the very best people working for me – and often the skills our soldiers, sailors and airmen have are vital when it comes to the great engineering challenge of maintaining and improving Anglian Water’s vast network of pipes, sewers, pumping stations and treatment works.”

Mr Simpson has written to Anglian Water’s key business partners in the region to urge them to sign up to a Corporate Covenant as well.
Information about working for Anglian Water will be available from the stand on the day.