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Be Careful What You Put Down The Drain!

Our sewers are designed to cope with human waste, toilet roll - and nothing else! Putting unsuitable items down the drain can cause sewer blockages, which can in turn lead to sewer flooding.

Guernsey Water run an annual maintenance program to clean the sewers and often find deposits or partial blockages of FOG (Fats, oils and greases). The majority of blockages are caused by cooking fat and oil, which as well as being damaging to private pipe work, cool down in the sewer and congeal forming a thick layer around the pipe which prevents sewage from flowing. This can cause damage as well as flooding.

To stop this, its important to BIN IT DON'T BLOCK IT!

  • Oil in small quantities - Wipe out pans with kitchen roll and place in your kitchen caddy / food waste bin
  • Roasting juices - Pour these into a cup or pot, once solidified and cool, remove them from the pot or cup and place in your kitchen caddy / food waste bin
  • Other solid fats, like butter - Can be placed (once cool) into your kitchen caddy / food waste bin
  • Vegetable oil in larger quantities - Can be taken to Longue Hougue Recycling Centre, where it will be sent to the UK and recycled into biofuel
  • Commercial quantities of vegetable oil - Please contact Waste Oil Recycling on (01481) 241133 to arrange collection for a small charge

A Blocked Pipe

Guernsey Water has to frequently clear out sewers around the Island when they are blocked by unsuitable products being flushed down the loo or washed down the drain.

Wet wipes and sanitary items contribute to some of the worst blockages and can lead to sewage flooding in people's homes.

The only items that can be safely flushed are human waste and toilet paper.

Items that cannot be flushed include:

  • Baby wipes
  • Sanitary towels
  • Fats, oils and grease
  • Cotton buds and cotton wool
  • Hand towels
  • Tampons
  • Nappies
  • Kitchen roll
  • Food waste
  • Incontinence products
  • Colostomy bags
  • Plasters, bandages or condoms
  • Dental floss

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