Cllr Donna Jones visits Southern Water's largest treatment works to witness first hand the shocking truth about what is dumped in our sewers.
Nearly 500 tons of wet wipes, sanitary products and other items were flushed down Portsmouth’s toilets last year.
The figure was described as “shocking” by Cllr Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, when she and colleagues visited Southern Water’s Budds Farm Wastewater Treatment Works in Havant on January 7.
Cllr Jones was joined on the tour by fellow Councillor Robert New and the council’s Head of Environmental Health Richard Lee and its Director of Transport, Environment and Business Support Alan Cufley.
Southern Water’s largest wastewater treatment works, Budds Farm treats all wastewater from Portsmouth and the surrounding area – serving 410,000 people and treating almost 110 million litres of wastewater every day.
The company’s Pain in the Drain campaign raises awareness of the risks of flushing items such as wet wipes and sanitary products down toilets and encourages customers to only flush the three P's – pee poo and paper.
Cllr Jones said: “I had a fascinating tour of Southern Water’s Budds Farm treatment works.
“But I was shocked to hear that more than 459 tons of wet wipes, sanitary products and other items were flushed down Portsmouth’s toilets last year.
“I heard how these items can cause problems at the site but also how they, along with cooking fat and oils poured down sinks, can cause blockages in people’s homes too.
“I’d encourage everyone to think about what they are putting down the toilet and to follow Southern Water’s advice of only flushing the three Ps – everything else should go in the bin.”
To find out more about Southern Water’s Pain in the Drain campaign – visit www.southernwater.co.uk/paininthedrain