Scottish Water Urges Public to ‘use their loaf’

18 January 2018
bread baskets found in glasgow sewer

Flooding Risk

More than 30 plastic bread baskets were found blocking a sewer in Cardonald, Glasgow.

Scottish Water is urging members of the public to ‘use their loaf’ when it comes to keeping the water cycle running smoothly, after the discovery of 30 industrial size bread baskets in a Glasgow sewer. 

The discovery was made in Cardonald last week when Scottish Water workers were carrying out checks on flooding at a nearby cemetery. 

On opening up a sewer manhole cover on Cemetery Street, workers were met with a pile of approximately 30 industrial size plastic bread baskets. 

Speaking about this unexpected and unusual find, Scottish Water Network Maintenance Operative Andrew Szolowski, said: “Why anyone would think it was a good idea to throw these baskets down a sewer is beyond me. It’s not clever and it could have caused serious problems with flooding. 

“It took us around three hours to pull the baskets free,  time which would have been much better spent elsewhere had the individual (or individuals) responsible thought about the consequences of their actions and not done this.” 

This is an extreme example of inappropriate items being put into our waste water system. However, each and every day common household items - like wipes and cotton buds - cause blockages across Scotland’s water network. 

Scottish Water’s ‘Keep the water cycle running smoothly’ Campaign has been running for four years and educates members of the public on how they can help avoid clogging up the cycle. 

The number of blockages in Scotland’s drains and sewer network has reduced by 12% from almost 40,000 in 2013 to 35,208 in 2017 to the end of October. However, this means that there are still almost 100 per day across Scotland and about 80% of them are caused by people putting the wrong things down their sinks and toilets. 

Customers can learn more about what they can do to keep the cycle running, what should and should not be poured down sinks and drains or flushed down toilets and simple ways  they can save their drains, protect their homes, their neighbours’ homes and the local environment at 

To see Scottish Water’s campaign TV adverts, visit Scottish Water’s YouTube channel.