Thames Water Bit It Don't Block It

The cooking fat that caused a stink.
The wet wipe that wiped out a holiday.
The make-up pad that made life ugly.

This is what happens when you put the wrong things down the drain.

Never pour oil and fat down the sink. When it cools it sets hard clogging your pipes.

The majority of blockages are caused by cooking fat and oil, which congeal in the sewers, forming a thick layer around the pipe.


Running the hot tap and pouring washing up liquid down the sink won’t prevent fats or oils from blocking your pipes.

Each year approximately 1,000 homes and 5,000 gardens in the Thames region flood with sewage as a result of blockages in the sewers.

Only flush pee, poo and toilet paper down the loo.

Millions of people suffer the misery of blocked drains every year - a result of unsuitable products being flushed down the loo or washed down the drain.


Wet wipes do not break down in the loo as they are made of plastic. Even if they say ‘flushable’ they should never go down the toilet.

Even wipes that say ‘flushable’ or ‘biodegradable’ cause blockages. Although they disappear when you flush the loo, they take a number of years to disintegrate.


Help us to fight the #fatberg by putting these things in the bin:


Our fatberg fighting tips.

How you can keep your drains blockage free.

There are 6.7 million blocked drains each year in the UK.

A plumber could cost over £200 to clear your pipes.

Make your own fat trap

Margarine tubs, plastic pots and jam jars make handy containers to capture cooled, leftover cooking fat and oil. Please dispose of the fat in your food waste bin or your oil recycling bin if your local council offer one.

Clear your plates

Scrape your plates of food and fat before washing up or loading your dishwasher.

Use a bin

Keep a bin in the bathroom for everything that isn’t pee, poo or toilet paper.

Help us to fight fatbergs by spreading the word.