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Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Down the Drain We Go

03 December 2009 9:51

Naomi Stewart and Megan McLaughlin head off down the drain with their fishing nets to scoop up some of the inappropriate items lurking down our sewers.
NI Water is launching its annual schools competition and is calling on local children to design a poster telling us why the three P’s only (Poo, Pee and Paper) should go down the loo and the rest should be put in the bin.

NI Water’s Education Manager, Jane Jackson, explains:

“Many people genuinely don’t realise the damage they are doing, not only to their own internal pipes, but also to the sewerage system they share with their neighbours. It is only when faced with blocked drains and out of sewer flooding that they realise those ‘harmless wipes’ are in fact creating chaos!”

“The cost of the damage caused to our sewerage system by inappropriate flushing and dumping in drains is also a major factor. NI Water spends in the region of £1.7 million per year clearing blocked drains, money which could be spent improving services to the local community.”

The competition is open to all primary school children including special needs and Irish medium schools.

First prize is a £250 cash donation for each winning school and an individual prize for the winning child in each age group.

Further information and all details of how to enter can be found on www.niwater.com. The entry deadline is Friday 26 March 2010.

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