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Twickenham a ‘Hot Spot’ for Blocked Drains

November 4, 2014 11:15 AM
At a well-attended public meeting held at Whitton Community Centre on Friday, Thames Water claimed that Twickenham was the worst offender in London for blocking drains.
The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of MP Vincent Cable and organised by FORCE (Friends of the River Crane) to discuss pollution in the River Crane. Thames Water argued that one of the contributory reasons for sewage blockages and overflows was the very poor condition of the sewers. The main offenders are 'wet wipes' and restaurants pouring fat down the drains.
Vincent Cable said: "the main purpose of the meeting was to understand the reasons behind repeated major pollution disasters in the river. There are still too many big spillages costing the lives of thousands of fish and other wild life. Thames Water and Heathrow airport have a responsibility to minimise risk. But there is some encouragement from the fact that fish stocks are now being rebuilt and kingfishers have reappeared".
"The big shock of the meeting was the revelation about Twickenham's sewers. There is a technological fix to the 'wet wipe' problem but the council could do more to act against rogue restaurants when checks reveal damaging practices."