Residents in Lossiemouth are being urged to help Scottish Water’s bid to stop flooding in the region by being asked to take care what they put into their drainage systems.

The Moray town has seen a number of flooding incidents recently, all caused by blockages at the local pumping station. Most of these blockages are caused by residents putting the wrong things down their toilets. Baby wipes and other bathroom sanitary items are some of the things that have cause problems in the past, so Scottish Water are asking residents to bag these items and bin them so they don’t get into the sewage system.

When the pumping station does not work, waste backs up and ends up flooding out of street drains and directly into overflow outlets into the Moray Firth.

Scottish Water’s communities manager for Moray, Steve Scott, stated:

“Protecting the environment is of paramount importance to Scottish Water but we face a real battle thanks to the likes of the humble baby wipe. Along with kitchen wipes, nappies and other products they’re tougher than toilet paper and shouldn’t be flushed but bagged and binned instead. We’re doing our best to keep on top of the situation and I’m sure the people of Lossiemouth care about their environment and will do their bit to help.”

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