A volunteer group has been out and about cleaning up their community. And the Friends of Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool are appealing to residents to only “flush the three P's” after discovering a clogged up combined sewer overflow in their area.
A volunteer group has been out and about cleaning up their community.
And the Friends of Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool are appealing to residents to only “flush the three P’s” after discovering a clogged up combined sewer overflow in their area.
On Thursday (September 17) volunteers of Friends of Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool took part in a litter pick both in and along Cecilly Brook as part of the Keep Britain Tidy Great British September Clean.
A spokesman for the Friends said: “Eight bags of litter were removed from the reserve most of which was plastic bags, plastic bottles, drinks cans, and food and sweet wrappers.
“From the brook itself we fished out a shopping trolley, a large holdall, plastic bottles, glass bottles, plastic bags, drinks cans and wet wipes.
“All this litter can be detrimental to our wildlife. We would urge everyone to take their litter home or put it in the litter bins located along the reserve.”
They added: “There is a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) that normally carries excess water in times of heavy rain into the brook by the bridge at Oakamoor Road.
“After the storms of a few weeks ago sewage overflowed into the brook from this drain.
“The sewage containing lots of wet wipes, which do not degrade like toilet paper when flushed down the toilet, got trapped on the bars of the overflow and many found their way into the brook causing yet more plastic pollution.
“To help protect the waste water network, to stop clogging the system and ease flooding there is a campaign asking people to flush only the 3Ps. Water companies are urging people to flush only Pee, Poo and (toilet) Paper.
“The advice is also relevant to us in Cheadle to avoid blockages, flooding and pollution of Cecilly Brook.”
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