Blockage appeal to Mexborough householders

Frank Knapton MBE, of Mexborough stands infront of the River Don as he is complaining about the smell caused by a sewerage spill. Picture: Andrew Roe
Frank Knapton MBE, of Mexborough stands infront of the River Don as he is complaining about the smell caused by a sewerage spill. Picture: Andrew Roe

Householders are being urged to consider what they are flushing down the drain after a build-up of sanitary items caused a blockage at a Dearne sewage plant.

Yorkshire Water said too many residents have been putting non-flushable items like nappies, wipes and cooking fat down the drain, which caused a blockage at the waste water treatment plant in Denaby.

Residents have long complained about foul smells emanating from the site and water system bosses have continually investigated the problem ever since it opened several years ago.

Residents are now being urged to make sure they dispose of items appropriately to help avoid causing another stink.

A Yorkshire Water spokesperson said: “Last week we began maintenance work at our Denaby Waste Water Treatment Works to clear a blockage which was caused by customers putting inappropriate items like nappies and non-flushable wipes down the toilet.

“Due to previous issues with odours in the area, we pro actively informed customers about this work, calling those that had previously contacted us with their concerns. This site’s capacity meant the scheduled work would have no operational impact and we carried it out overnight to minimise any odour impact on residents.” The £14 million pound facility opened in 2008 and plant bosses have continually improved odour control systems in a bid to ease community concerns about bad smells, particularly in the summer.

Frank Knapton, 77, of Morton Road, Mexborough, said: “Thankfully the smell has not been as bad in recent weeks, but I would urge people to heed what Yorkshire Water say or there could be another problem, and certainly nobody wants that.”

A Yorkshire Waterways spokesman said they had not received any complaints from members of the public about the latest blockage.