'Think twice' about what you flush plea after huge blockage in Sheffield took six hours to clear

Yorkshire Water staff were forced to clear a ‘significant’ blockage and prevent pollution of the River Sheaf in Sheffield after a host of foreign objects were found.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 4:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 7:36 pm

Yorkshire Water’s customer field technicians took six hours to clear a blockage caused by a t-shirt and mass of wet wipes on Abbey Lane in Sheffield.

Yorkshire Water is now urging customers in Sheffield to consider what they flush down their toilets after removing the items from the sewer network.

Mark Hammond, head of customer field services at Yorkshire Water, said: “Flushing wet wipes and other foreign objects, such as clothing, can have a significant impact on the way the sewer network functions, causing large blockages.

The mass of clothing and wet wipes took six hours to clear

“In the worst case these blockages can lead to pollution of the environment. On this occasion our team was able to locate and remove the blockage before sewage was discharged into the river nearby.

“This incident shows how important it is customers only flush the three Ps – pee, poo and (toilet) paper – down their toilets. We attended almost 6,000 blockages in the Sheffield postcode area in 2020 and we would urge our customers in the area to think twice before flushing wet wipes or foreign objects.”