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NI Water ‘Flushing Out’ Blockage Hotspots

13 January 2020 9:15

NI Water is starting the New Year by taking on blockages and ‘flushing’ out the worst offenders in Northern Ireland.

The company has identified the top 20 blockage ‘hotspots’ and how much they cost. Overall, these areas have seen over 20,000 blockages in the last two years, costing the company approximately £5m. 

NI Water’s Head of Environmental Regulation, Angela Halpenny explains, “NI Water fights a daily battle with blocked sewers and this time we are ‘flushing’ out the worst offenders in a bid to reduce blockages.  

“The main cause of blocked sewers and out of sewer flooding is the flushing of inappropriate items such as baby wipes, cotton buds and sanitary products. Blockages are completely avoidable if everyone adopts a simple habit of binning everything other than the three P’s, pee, poo and paper. 

“We’re targeting our worst offending areas with an awareness campaign - so if you find your town on the list, look out for our ‘blocked pipes flood homes’ adverts and see how we all have the power to stop it.”

Siobhan Toland, Director (Operational), City and Neighbourhood Services, Belfast City Council said:  “NI Water is responsible for the sewage system, but we’re all responsible for what we flush and the negative impact this can have on the environment. Blocked pipes can result in out of sewer flooding in the community, not to mention rivers and even beaches. So I’d encourage everyone to play their part by following NI Water’s advice. If it’s not the three P’s - bin it, don’t flush it.”

In addition to finding the common wipes blocking pipes the areas below also had:


Key Hotspots

No Blockages

Items found

Belfast

7,000

Toys, black rubbish bags, brush, rocks

L/Derry

3,000

Building material, potatoes and carrots, fatbergs

Newtownabbey

1,400

Building material, a wet wipe monster (rags and sanitary items)

Lisburn

1,000

Bricks, rags, fatbergs Bicycles, Car Wheels, Boulders, Polythene Sheeting

Lurgan

1,000

Fatbergs, Wooden Planks, Traffic cones, Cement Wash Layers

Newry

1,000

Skateboard, Bricks, stones, building materials

Ballymena

900

Toys, plastic bottles footballs, timber plumbing fittings roof tiles screw drivers Sewer rods and cement wash, rags,

Enniskillen

800

Fatbergs, rags, cotton buds

Newtownards

800

Bricks, wood, metal poles

Carrick

800

Fatbergs, rags, cotton buds

Coleraine

650

Fatbergs, rags, cotton buds

Antrim

650

Baby car seat, bricks,  Fatbergs, rags, cotton buds

Limavady

500

Fatbergs, rags, cotton buds

Larne

400

Fatbergs, rags, cotton buds

Donagahadee

200

Fatbergs, rags, cotton buds

Dromore

180

Fatbergs, rags, cotton buds

Coalisland

170

Fatbergs, rag, cotton buds

Portrush

160

Fatbergs, rags, cotton buds

Portstewart

150

Fatbergs, rags, cotton buds

Saintfield

80

Fatbergs, rags, cotton buds









Angela concludes, “We have all seen the disgusting effects of an overflowing manhole in the street or worse, an overflowing toilet in a home. We hope that our customers get behind us and start this New Year by adopting better flushing habits.  In the last ten years, we have spent over £1.5 billion investi

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