Lossiemouth residents are being asked to bag sanitary items and baby wipes instead of flushing them into the waste system.
The Moray town has suffered a number of floods recently, all caused by problems at the local pumping station. The station, on the east side of the town, has been blocked by people putting items into their toilets that should really be bagged and disposed of in the bin, not flushed down the toilet.
When the pumping station is out of action, waste can back up and flood onto the streets or through overflow vents into the Moray Firth.
Steve Scott, from Scottish Water stated:
“Protecting the environment is of paramount importance to Scottish Water but we face a real battle thanks to the likes of the humble baby wipe. Along with kitchen wipes, nappies and other products they’re tougher than toilet paper and shouldn’t be flushed but bagged and binned instead. We’re doing our best to keep on top of the situation and I’m sure the people of Lossiemouth care about their environment and will do their bit to help.”
Drainage engineers have to unblock thousands of drainage pipes every year that are caused by residents putting incorrect items down their toilets.