Only Rain Down the Drain!

Wed, 2018-02-21 14:59

Have you ever seen someone pour something down the drain in the street, maybe paint, detergent or oil? Acts like this may seem harmless, but they negatively affect the cleanliness of the UK’s rivers and seas and as a consequence, can have big impacts on wildlife.

Therefore, this month, Morecambe Bay Partnership is supporting the #RainDownTheDrain campaign to ensure that everyone completing a Spring Clean this year disposes of liquid substances safely in order to protect the UK’s rivers and seas.   

It’s important to recognise that the drains that you see outdoors function very differently to those connected to your toilet or washing machines. These domestic drains carry dirty wastewater to wastewater treatment works where intelligent processes are applied until the water is clean again and can be safely released into the natural environment.

In contrast, outdoor surface water drains are designed to carry ONLY rainwater, usually to the nearest river or stream. As the water is 100% natural rainwater there is no requirement to send it with the dirty water that comes from our homes to a waste treatment works. Instead it travels directly into our rivers and seas.

It’s important that pollutants such as engine oil, cooking oil, paints, chemical wastes, and detergents are never poured down the drain. Instead, take unwanted items to your local household-recycling centre to be disposed of safely. You can find the nearest one through you local council’s website.

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