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We have over 86,650 grids (sometimes called gullies) across the borough. These are at the edge of the kerb and take the water to the drains underneath.
Every grid/gully has a ‘pot’ underneath. This is designed to collect as much silt and waste as possible to minimise the risk of a blockage. Our teams jet wash and cleanse all the grids/gullies on our road network to ensure that the collection of waste is removed so water can flow freely.
When we have heavy rain the drainage system it's connected to may be full. This can be part of the water companies waste water system, a nearby ditch or watercourse.
Once the silt and waste has been removed the pot is refilled with clean water to ensure the connection is flowing. The water level will remain at the height of the outlet pipe in the drain. This is why you can see some level of water inside it does not always mean it is full or blocked.
We aim to clean gullies at least once per year in line with our scheduled programme.
Please note all dates are subject to change.
Please consider if there has been any recent heavy rain and wait a short period of time before reporting a grid/gully that appears to be blocked or overflowing. Sometimes our grids/gullies can't drain the water away quick enough and will appear to be overflowing or bubbling up. This will usually drain away on it's own.
Report a blocked grid/gully
You can check the progress of the report using our status checker. You can also use this to provide an update.