By Emilia • 14 December 2019 • 22:00
CAMPAIGN: Calpe town hall joins ‘Don’t feed the monster’ initiative Photo credit: Calpe town hall
CALPE town hall has joined Spain’s AEAS Water Supply and Sanitation Association’s “Don’t feed the sewer monster” campaign. The initiative hopes to make the public aware of the consequences of flushing wet wipes and other non-biodegradable items down the lavatory. They are also a frequent sight on Costa Blanca beaches and rivers, particularly during periods of torrential rain when storm drains overflow and main drains tend to back up. The accumulation of wet wipes also creates the notorious “fatbergs” that block sewers and affect pumping machinery and equipment at wastewater plants. As well as causing technical problems, solving and repairing them is a drain on town hall budgets, prompting Calpe’s local government to join the Three Ps campaign, No alimentes al monstruo de las cloacas. To ensure that the Sewer Monster goes hungry, the AEAS reminds the public that only Pee, Poo and Paper should be put down the loo. To date, 35 town halls and 115 bodies throughout Spain have joined the initiative. “We hope this campaign makes everybody in Calpe realise that wet wipes should not be flushed down the lavatory,” said the local mayor, Ana Sala.“What’s more this will prevent blocked drains in private homes as well as the sewers,” she added.
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