Easter Hunt for Cheadle Hulme misconnections

On Saturday 5th March 2016 the Healthy 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 Healthy 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 Healthy 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. 

Managing Water for Multiple Benefits - 15th March
CaBA Brand smallAn event focused urban water management is coming to Manchester on 15th March, It's organized by the Catchment-Based Approach (CaBA) national support group in collaboration with the Healthy Rivers Trust for the benefit of Catchment Partnerships.

The one-day training workshop on urban water management is free and includes lunch.

Speakers include:
• Councillor Derek Antrobus, Salford City Council and Chair of the NW regional Flood and Coastal Committee
• Paul Chapman, Lewisham Council
• Rick Rogers, St Helen's Council
• Paul Shaffer, CIRIA

The workshop at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester is one of several being held across England This will be a useful event to explore working together for a better urban water environment. To book a place at the one-day workshop, please register here.

Trib2Name the Stream Competition 

Voting is now open via the link below.

A local stream's name is currently being decided by public vote. Suggested names submitted in a competition held in 2015 have been shortlisted. Voting is now open to help name the stream that flows from Cheadle Hulme to Cheadle. Anyone can now vote for the name they like best from the shortlist. 

>> Click here to vote for your favourite now!

 Local residents entered the competition to find a name for the nameless tributary that runs between Cheadle College and Bruntwood Park. The competition was open only to local people, and has attracted many entries. Cheadle Estate Agents, Mitchell Williams have promised a bottle of champagne for the winning suggestion. The judges decision is final and a draw will take place if the winning name was originally suggested by more than one person.  

Voting is open until 31st March, so place your vote now!