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A musical message to save our sewers

Southern Water’s Christmas song has been watched more than 1,500 times on YouTube in more than 20 countries around the world.

The song encourages people to give the sewers a treat this Christmas by keeping them clear of festive fat.

Since going onto the company’s YouTube channel at the end of November, it has circled the globe with people watching in a host of nations including the USA, Denmark, India, Mauritius and New Zealand.

Singing to the tune of the Twelve Days of Christmas, sewer staff gave the rousing performance to remind customers what should not go down the sewers.

As well as the worst offenders – fat, oil and grease – the song highlights other things that can cause sewer blockages, like nappies and wipes.

It also mentions some of the stranger things found in sewers such as cutlery, mobile phones, toys, teeth and jewellery.

Three quarters of all sewer blockages are caused by things that should not go down them.

Fat causes some of the worst problems, despite water companies’ efforts to clear it, as it can build-up and cause blockages, potentially leading to the flooding of streets, homes and gardens.

Southern Water’s Head of Wastewater, Simon Parker, said: “The staff who look after our sewers were only too happy to take part, as they see first-hand the devastation sewer blockages can cause.

“The film is a fun and festive way to deliver this serious message to our customers.
“We always notice an increase in fat in the sewers around this time of year as so many people are at home cooking Christmas dinners and more fat than normal ends up down the sink.

“However, our message applies all year round – sewers and treatment works are built to deal with human waste, toilet paper and water. Anything else should be put in the bin.”

The film can be seen on Southern Water’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/SouthernWaterUK

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