Suffolk, the independent city of Virginia, is probably one of the best cities in terms of awareness regarding blocked drainage system. Any blocked drain can be easily reported with the help of the Highways Reporting Tool of Suffolk. Besides reporting a new problem that has come up, citizens can also check how the status of an already lodged compliant is going from the Highway Reporting Tool.
Times when the compliant should be lodged somewhere else
In certain situations, which are mostly emergency or very high risk situations, the compliant should be lodged elsewhere. The website of the Suffolk drainage system authority states that, in case of the following situations, the compliant regarding a blocked drain should be lodged to the authority mentioned:
- Immediate Danger: In the case of a blocked drain being of immediate danger to the citizens of Suffolk and might be a serious threat to the safety of the public, the compliant should be lodged instead to the number 0345 606 6171 through a phone call. This call will ensure immediate attention, and much more efficiency.
- Trunk Road: In the case of a blocked drain being situated on Trunk Road of Suffolk, The England Highways would take care of it. In order to inform the Highways division, a citizen should place a call to the Highways England Information Line which is 0300 123 5000 which should be enough.
- Private Property: In case of an event where a blocked drain is situation within the boundary of a private land, street, or even a car parking lot, it should be understood that the blocked drain is the responsible of the owner of that particular property. In situations like this, the problem should be informed to the owners of the property. If somehow this is not possible, a complaint should be lodged at Anglian Water.
- Leaves and Litter: In the possible scenario that a drain is visibly blocked by litter or leaves, it will be considered as the responsibility of the borough or the District Council. Therefore, the compliant regarding the blocked drain should be left with the borough of even better, the District Council who will in that case, take care of the situation.
But except the above mentioned cases, any blocked drain spotted within Suffolk should be immediately informed through the Highways Reporting Tool. It should be understood that a blocked drain cannot be just considered an inconvenience or just an unpleasant occurrence. That would mean that you are taking the situation too lightly. A blocked drain can go as far as creating health hazards for the public, since a blocked drain can solely be responsible for spreading unwanted and dangerous bacteria, virus and other harmful organisms in the locality.
The Suffolk authority, being highly concerned regarding the occurrence of blocked drains, has seriously considered the problem caused by plastic bags. Plastic bags do not decompose either in water or soil, and hence creates a huge problem by being clogged in the drains, creating blockage of entire systems. It can also seriously harm wildlife.
In consideration of the implications caused by plastic bags, Suffolk County has passed a law, which has taken hold of Suffolk starting from the first of January 2018. According to the law, every person who goes to a store and takes a plastic bag which will be used just one time, will be bound to pay five cents per plastic bag. If a person wants to avoid paying the extra five cents, he or she should carry his or her own shopping bag or basket.
The authority feels that this law would promote the use of reusable bags within the people of Suffolk and discourage the use of harmful plastic bags. Although the shop owners and salespeople have complained that the people do not properly know about this law and would complain for having to pay five cents for a plastic bag, the authority has still decided to stand by this idea. What’s more? The environmentalists around the world has strongly supported this step and think that this would have a great positive effect on Suffolk.
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