Residents in Wigginton in Yorkshire are hoping that a spate of drainage problems in the town has been resolved by Yorkshire Water.

The water company has been investigating a series of flooding incidents in the town, which has seen raw sewage enter resident’s gardens and flood the main street. Using sophisticated CCTV survey equipment, the drain installation and repair company have found that most of the problems have been caused by inappropriate items in the drain blocking the flow of waste water.

Unfortunately, most of the items found by Yorkshire Water have not just been disposed of in the drainage system by error; it seems they have been put down the drain instead of being put into the general refuse.
A spokesperson for Yorkshire water stated:

“It’s sad to say, but these blockages have been caused by building materials which have been knowingly discarded into the local sewer network.

“On each occasion this has been brought to our attention, our technicians have been out to inspect the network and remove any items causing partial blockages, including pieces of plaster, timber and concrete.

“We are currently investigating to try and determine the source of these materials with a view to taking appropriate action to put a stop to such irresponsible and potentially damaging and costly behaviour.

“In instances like this we would always encourage people to think before they put things down their drains, toilets and sinks as the consequences of these actions, and the potential suffering they can cause is clear for all to see.”

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