British people have been warned not to wash up their oily pans but to let them dry and then scrape off the grease as Defra finds new ways to save water.
Defra has launched a new campaign, Love Water, amid fears England could run short on water in 25 years if we continue to use it at current rates.
The average British person currently uses 141 litres of water per day – a figure which does not account for the water footprint of products and services they use. Recent research suggests if we carry on at this rate it could result in England running short on water in 25 years.
The UK water industry spends £100 million each year on clearing blockages caused by the wrong things going down sinks and toilets.
Defra has said that grease poured into drains can pollute rivers and cause damage to wildlife, and oil and fat can also harden in pipes and form fatbergs which cause blocked pipes and are expensive to remove.
They advise people to cool fats and oils from cooking. Scrape or pour leftover fat from roasting trays and pans into a heat resistant container, then reuse, recycle it or bin it once cooled. Wipe out grease left in pans and trays with kitchen roll before washing. Use a sink strainer to catch any greasy food scraps.