Huge amounts of unflushables flushed

Nobody wants to have to deal with blockages and damaged pipes, yet a report from Anglian Water has claimed that more than 3,000 tonnes of unflushable items have been flushed in East England alone.

This alarming number which has accumulated over a relatively short period highlights the need for better wastewater management nationwide. That huge amount is not only damaging the environment, but it’s also increasing the likelihood of leaks and blockages.

If you run a business, you need to make sure that your piping remains efficient so that your water bills reflect your actual consumption.

Here are just some of the reasons that you need to make sure that you, and those working at your business, aren't sending unflushables down the drain.

Blockages, leaks, and damaged piping

If you’re flushing away anything that isn’t supposed to be flushed you could end up damaging your business’s piping. From leakages to blockages you could end up spending a significant amount of money on an issue that is easily avoidable.

Leaks, for example, while seemingly insignificant, can quickly intensify and drastically increase your monthly water bills. The more unflushables you have going through your piping, the more likely a blockage, leak, or bust is to occur.

While your water supplier may offer you leak assistance, you don’t want to be using it on a leak that could have been avoided.


It costs more than £100 million to clear blockages in drainage pipes every year and often there are better alternatives for unflushables - typically the bin.

Remember that your toilet is not a bin and you shouldn’t treat it as such. While that wet wipe you flushed away is out of sight and out of mind, it may cause a local blockage that comes back to bite you.

In certain instances fines have been handed out for blockages caused by unflushables - either bin it or if necessary, get the right wastewater management services.

Environmental consequences

It’s important for businesses to remain environmentally responsible, part of which entails preventing leaks and blockages.

You need to stay on top of what is and isn’t flushed. If it is traced back to your business it could have negative repercussions for your reputation.

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