Horsham sewer flooding caused by wet wipes

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Wet wipes and other non-biodegradable products have been found as the cause of recent sewer flooding in Horsham.

Southern Water crews discovered that the sewer, which serves properties in Windsor Close, was blocked with a build up of the products including disposable kitchen towels.

A sewer jetting operation to clear the blockage and a clean up of the areas affected was carried out after the problem was discovered.

Steve Gray, Southern Water’s sewerage manager, said: “Blockages can have a dramatic impact not only on individual customers, but also on the environment, and prevention is better than cure.

“Our sewerage system is only designed to cope with human waste and small volumes of toilet paper. Items such as cotton buds, nappies, tampons and baby wipes which people flush down the toilet do not break up and usually clump together to form a ball of rags.

“We’re playing an active role in educating the public on the benefits of disposing of their waste in a bin and we hope that this will help improve the efficiency of the drainage system as well as safeguarding the environment.” 
A spokesperson for the company added: “The easiest way to help solve the problem is to keep this type of material out of the sewer system in the first place.

“To help prevent unpleasant sewer blockages do not flush: Disposable nappies and liners; all wipes, including baby, bathroom and toilet; cotton buds and cotton wool; used bandages and plasters; cooking fats, oils and grease down the drains or into toilets.

Useful tips on how to dispose of these products are available via on

Southern Water’s website