Easter Hunt for Cheadle Hulme misconnections

On Saturday 5th March 2016 the Mersey Rivers Trust launched a campaign to encourage residents to check their plumbing as part of the Great Cheadle Hulme Easter Hunt. Find out more here.

Staff had a stall at the Cheadle Makers Market outside the White Hart pub and provided information to local residents to help them check their domestic plumbing connections and make sure they do not have a misconnection.

Most houses built after 1920 have a separate sewage system; one set of pipes takes rainwater that falls on a roof or in a garden directly to a local stream or river. A different set of pipes takes dirty water, from kitchens and bathrooms, to a sewage treatment works.

If a domestic appliance is connected to the wrong pipe dirty water could flow into a local stream or river. These misconnections most frequently occur when washing machines are incorrectly connected to the rainwater system and can happen when houses are built, when they are extended or when new appliances are plumbed in.

The Mersey Rivers Trust has prepared special maps to help local residents identify whether they are in an area with a separate sewage system and therefore potentially at risk of having a misconnection at their property. 

The first 10 misconnections identified during the Easter Hunt will receive free reconnection work, up to a value of £400, from an approved plumber. Prizes also include an Easter hamper for the first misconnection found and Easter eggs for all misconnections found by the end of March 2016.

The campaign will run across the Easter weekend to 31st March 2016. Staff and volunteers from the Trust will distribute leaflets about the Easter Hunt in target areas and will have a stall at the Cheadle Hulme Family Market on Saturday 19th March to encourage more residents to check their plumbing.

The Easter Hunt has been timed to coincide with World Plumbing Day on Friday 11th March and World Water Day on Tuesday 22nd March.

The project has been developed by a partnership comprising the Mersey Rivers Trust, Stockport MBC, Stockport Homes, the Environment Agency and United Utilities and forms part of a wider programme led by the Upper Mersey Catchment Partnership – a group of organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors working to deliver the objectives of the EU Water Framework Directive within Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Derbyshire.