The Southern Water Fat Detectives team with mascot Bruce the Sewer Monster. Picture courtesy of Southern Water.
SOUTHERN Water’s waste watchdogs the Fat Detectives want to flush out the culprits who cause sewer blockages.
As part of Southern Water’s Pain in the Drain campaign, commercial customers that wash away cooking oil and fat — particularly restaurants and takeaways — are being targeted by its enforcement team following 70 reports of sewer blockages on the Isle of Wight in the first half of this year.
The team includes several former police officers, who Southern Water said had swapped tackling crime, for tackling grime.
They even have their own mascot, Bruce the Sewer Monster, a large cuddly toy found in a mainland sewer.
The company highlighted that flushing things like wet wipes down the toilet can cause blockages.
Snakes, goldfish, cutlery, false teeth, mobile phones, jewellery and even a severed finger have also been found in pipes in the region.
Southern Water have warned they can prosecute businesses if they don’t heed their advice, such as installing a grease trap to remove oil from their washing up water.
For more information, visit www.southernwater.co.uk/paininthedrain or follow Bruce the Sewer Monster on Twitter via @MrBruceMonster