TRADITIONALLY, yuletide songs are sung around a sparkling Christmas tree or a roaring log fire – not a sewer.
But Southern Water staff were happy to teeter on the edge of the fat-clogged pipe to sing their latest Christmas carol – Jingle Smells.
The song, which has been uploaded on to the company’s YouTube channel, warns that pouring cooking oils down sinks and flushing wet-wipes down toilets can cause blockages, leading to flooding of homes and streets.
In the last six months there have been more than 3,000 blockages caused by congealed cooking oil and wet-wipes in Southern Water’s region, including 68 in Waterlooville, 97 in Portsmouth, 55 in Fareham, 53 in Gosport, 36 in Havant, and 20 in Emsworth.
Jingle Smells is helping promote the company’s Pain in the Drain campaign.
Jingle Smells heralds the return of Southern Water’s singing sewermen, the stars of last year’s rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas, which clocked up almost 3,000 views from around the world.
Sam Underwood, a spokesman for the company, said: ‘This year the sewermen hope to top that figure by drafting in a keyboard player and some serious vocal talent from around the company.
‘Having practised in their lunch breaks and after work, the singers are hoping that their efforts will encourage people to think twice about what they pour or flush away.’