The results are in. After the inspection of the
the culprit causing the problem has been identified by Scottish Water as their old
friend – FAT. Yes, folks, the finger
once again is pointing at what we put down our drains. It’s a case of every little does not
help! Every tiny drop and globule all
adds up. Merryton Bridge
Tommy Hogg, Chair of Nairn River Community Council, told the Gurn that, as a result of their inspections, Scottish Water reported that they will be working on clearing fat and grit from the pipes running from the Maggot area down to the Sewage works over the next few weeks.
How does the fat get into the system? Well, the most obvious way is down the kitchen sink with oil, fat and grease either being poured directly down the drain, or indirectly from dishes and utensils or dishwashers. According to Scottish Water, fat accounts for 55% of sewer blockages, they have a short video here which shows a pipe blocked by fat. Unfortunately, as well meaning as Scottish Water’s, Save Your Drains campaign is in trying to educate the public to the problems and costs incurred by fat, realistically is it going to stop the situation occurring again? Cleaning the system is a short term solution, fat will build up over time and, unless there is a regular, ongoing maintenance programme for clearing the pipes and drains, how long will it be before the proverbial hits the pavements again?
Talking about the proverbial, have a look here for a fascinating insight into the world of human crap.