Sunday, January 1st, 2012
Thames Water employees have got into the festive spirit by posting a Christmas Carol on YouTube, asking people to stop the disposal of fat into the sewage network.
The employees, all dressed up in festive costumes, are seen singing the reworded song to the tune of Deck the Halls with Bows of Holly.
The sketch was filmed in a Victorian brick sewer in the heart of London and is aimed at highlighting the problems the water company face by residents disposing of liquid fat down the sink.
The singing sewermen lead chorister, Rob Smith, who also happens to be Thames Water’s chief sewer flusher stated:
“Anything other than human waste and loo roll has no business in our sewers. And fat is the biggest no-no of all. Christmas time is the worst time of year for fat blocking our sewers because of all the turkey grease that gets washed away. It goes down sinks easily enough when it’s warm but when it hits our sewers it cools down and sets hard forming hideous fatbergs. Last year we were called out 101 times on Christmas Day alone to sort out blockages.
“The sewermens’ war cry is: ‘Bin it – don’t block it.’ We are hell-bent on stopping hideous ‘fat bergs,’ which block sewers and can cause it to back-up into people’s homes and gardens, which is utterly hideous. We’re committed to preventing sewer blockages but we need people’s help. Listen to our song: ‘You must bin it – please don’t block it.’ Got it?”