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Yellow fish warning campaign launched on drain waste

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 27, 2014

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The Environment Agency are working together with Teignbridge District Council to explain to local businesses what happens if they pour fat, oils or other dirty liquids down their yard drains or road gullies.

The Environment Agency is launching its “Yellow Fish” campaign in a Devon town today to explain what happens if fat, oils or other dirty liquids are poured down drains.

The initiative, in Teignmouth, involves painting yellow fish next to the drains that connect to the surface water pipes that lead to the estuary or sea. By marking the drains – and explaining where surface water ends up – it will show business owners and the public how pollution travels direct to the sea. It is hoped it will help to keep the beach cleaner.

Teignmouth is one of the 15 beaches in the South West which could fail new standards when the revised Bathing Water Directive comes into force next year.

Nick Smart, of the Environment Agency, said: “It has been great having the opportunity to work with local people, who also use and enjoy the local bathing beaches. By delivering this campaign we hope to show everyone the link between preventing pollution in the town and protecting our bathing waters.”

Councillor Kevin Lake, portfolio holder for environmental services at Teignbridge District Council, said: “The campaign will, hopefully, encourage people to stop pouring fat and other pollutants into the drain system and this will help to improve bathing water quality in the town. It will also show local business owners and people living in the town that some of the drains on the street lead direct to Teignmouth’s bathing waters.”

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