A council in the West Midlands has seen its proposal to offer an eco-friendly alternative to cremation hit a blockage.
Water companies are refusing permission for Sandwell Council to flush remains down drains.
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council had wanted to liquefy the dead, using a £300,000 “Resomator” for water cremations at its Rowley Regis crematorium.
The council planned to use alkaline hydrolysis, a process which adds together chemicals, heat and pressure to dissolve bodies in less than 180 minutes.
It uses significantly less energy than cremation.