Drains suffer Christmas bulge

IT could be the Turkeys' revenge.After the ritual feasting of Christmas Suffolk residents are in danger of cooking up a homemade fiasco unless they stop pouring grease, including Turkey fat, down their drains.

IT could be the Turkeys' revenge.

After the ritual feasting of Christmas Suffolk residents are in danger of cooking up a homemade fiasco unless they stop pouring grease, including Turkey fat, down their drains.

That is the warning from Anglian Water today, who claim its sewers stand only a fat chance of staying clear if householders continue to pour their waste away.

The water company said if every household in the region did this on a single day, more than 500,000 litres of fat would solidify in the sewers.


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Sara Rowland, of Anglian Water, said: "Fat tipped down the sink can build up in pipes and sewers causing blockages and flooding to properties.

"This is the last thing anyone wants at this time of year but we do notice a particular increase around now."

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Hot liquid is easily poured down drains and sinks but because of the rapid drop in temperature, it cools quickly to form a solid block.

This may then have to be removed by hand, which has led to calls for people to put liquid fat into a container or bottle to let it cool.

An alternative way of disposing of any fat is to mix it with cooked rice, nuts or seeds and put it in the garden for the birds to feed on.

But people pouring fat down the drains is just one of a number of problems dogging the water company and its sewer system.

In the last few months, its engineers have had to remove concrete, paint and even a 12 inch by 12 inch solid piece of wood, which had been fused from discarded sawdust.

Mrs Rowland added people should put things down the toilet that are intended to be put down there.

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