Restaurant owners and hoteliers had a chance to see Brighton’s famous sewer system up close and personal recently. As part of Southern Water’s fight the fat campaign, the group were taken on a tour some of the most famous chambers, before emerging through a manhole cover at the Royal Pavilion.
The city has 300 miles of brick-built sewers, which have to cope with over 20 million gallons of raw sewage every day.
The fight the fat campaign, which launched last Christmas, highlights the importance of the correct disposal of liquid cooking fat. The fat, which solidifies when cold, is a major problem for waste water companies across the UK and is a problem faced by homeowners on a regular basis who do not realise the problems that can be caused.
The General Manager of the Hotel Du Vin commented:
“After living what I thought was an eco-friendly way of life, I was shocked to discover the damage and problems caused by disposing of fat, oil and grease through our drains. Since going on the Brighton Sewer Tour my eyes have been opened and I now feel well informed. I would certainly recommend this tour to my friends, family and guests of Hotel Du Vin.”
Three thousand properties are flooded in the South East every year because of the accumulation of solidified fat. Southern Water’s Director of Communications Geoff Loader stated:
“We would like to thank all our guests for their support of our Fight the Fat environmental campaign. Tipping fat, oil and grease down the sink, or leaving it on crockery and pans in the dishwasher, blocks sewers and customers’ pipes. Approximately 35 per cent of sewer blockages are caused by congealed cooking fats and oils.
“We are seeing more and more flooding in the UK caused by extreme weather and the effects of this can be much worse if sewers are blocked by fat. This is why we urge our local businesses and householders to dispose of their cooking oils responsibly and we urge other organisations to follow suit.”