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Yorkshire Water's Christmas Plea to East Yorkshire Residents

Yorkshire Water's Christmas Plea to East Yorkshire Residents

Published by Karen Liu at 9:01am 25th December 2019.

Yorkshire Water is urging residents in the East Riding not to dispose of turkey fat and other leftovers down the sink after a new study found that one in five still are.

It says fat can harden and cause a blockage in the network and with nowhere for waste to go could end up going back to where it originally came from, causing homes to be flooded with raw sewage.

The Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) commissioned the study which also revealed that those aged between 18 and 34 are most likely to put fatty substances down the plughole.

Yorkshire Water is called out to around 30,000 blockages a year, spending £2.4m to clear them.

The company has some better ideas of how to deal with the remnants of the Christmas Dinner and even has a free anti blockages pack for customers.

Yorkshire Water Campaign Advisor, Adrian Flanagan, said:

“To dispose of fat, let it cool down then store it in a glass jar then throw it away when it is full.

Another option is to use one of our gunk pots - a reusable silicone container, available free from our website.

You can scrape the fat into the pot before disposing in the bin.”

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