Yellow fish campaign continues

The dangers of pouring waste down roadside drains is being highlighted as part of an ongoing campaign which sees yellow fish painted on pavements.

The Yellow Fish campaign had been launched by the Environment Agency and is centred on an international approach to protecting the environment.

The scheme is based around the idea of stencilling a yellow fish symbol beside drains to remind people that any waste entering them may go directly to the nearest stream, river, lake, canal, beach or bathing water - causing pollution and killing wildlife.

Peterborough City Council is supporting the campaign and has teamed up with another local school - Discovery Primary to help spread the message.

As a part of the campaign Anglian Water officers have visited the schools to talk to youngsters about the dangers of pouring waste down drains and invited pupils to take part in an innovative competition.

Children at the school were tasked to come up with their own yellow fish designs, with a winner chosen by the authority's drainage team.

The winner, Kenia Dannila, from Discovery Primary will be presented with an image of their design and then watch a graffiti artist paint the image outside their schools and also along the school road.


When: Friday 12 July, 1-3pm

Where: Discovery Primary School, Mountsteven Avenue, Peterborough

Details: Kenia Dannila to be presented with award, his/her winning design will have been sprayed on to pavement by graffiti artist

Andrew Leadbetter, Sustainable Drainage Manager for Peterborough City Council, said: "We think this campaign is a great way of highlighting a very important issue. Seeing a big bright colourful fish and a message next to a drain makes people take notice.

"The 2018 campaign has been successful and warmly received in the Werrington area by residents and we hope this success will continue here. We would ask everyone to spread this message because it is really important."

An Anglian Water spokesperson said: “These roadside drains, which are managed by local councils, are only designed to take rainwater. Unlike our drainage network flow from roadside drains is not treated before it ends up back in our rivers and seas which is why it’s even more critical that we do not tip waste down drains.

"We all have a responsibility to care for and protect our environment and the Yellow Fish campaign is a great way of raising awareness of this issue.”

As part of the Yellow Fish campaign, Peterborough City Council and Anglian Water are encouraging people not to put anything down roadside drains except rain water. In the past items that have been found in drains in Peterborough include:

  • 12 empty vodka bottles
  • Household and industrial paint
  • Wallpaper paste
  • A home which had a bad smell in drain outside. Drainage engineers came round and realised that previous homeowners had installed an on-suite and connected the sewage pipe with the main drain pipe (hence the smell in the roadside drain!
  • Concrete which completely filled the drain, meaning it couldn't drain any water

Find out more information about the Yellow Fish campaign.

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