Cookies

The cookie settings on this website are set to ‘allow all cookies’. Leaving your settings to ‘allow all cookies’ means you consent to a website remembering your preferences. If you prefer a website to not remember your preferences, you can change your settings at any time by changing the privacy settings of your browser.

how to save water

About us

News

Don’t Let Fatbergs Spoil Your ‘Flippin’ Fun

16 February 2021 13:52

Don’t Let Fatbergs Spoil Your ‘Flippin’ Fun

Pancake Tuesday may have ‘creped’ up on us all but NI Water is calling on all pancake lovers to ensure that after they flip and toss their pancakes, they don’t pour the remaining Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG) down the sink.

It’s one of our favourite days of the year and sweet or savoury maybe the great debate of the day but one thing that isn’t up for debate is where to dispose of the remaining FOG. 

It is easy to simply pour the excess FOG down the sink, and think what harm can it do, when in actual fact, it is causing chaos for NI Water with major blockages in the sewer line that could end up in your street!

Gavin McCready, NI Water’s FOG expert appeals to pancake flippers to pay close attention to the disposal of their FOG:

“As fat, oil and grease cools, it solidifies; creating blockages in the sewerage system, which often result in raw sewage flooding gardens and homes.  The effects of this can be devastating for you and your neighbours and costs NI Water thousands of pounds per year to clear the blockages that occur.” 

“Everyone remembers the giant ‘fatberg’ found in London sewers which took weeks to clear. As interesting as this was, we have no desire to have one of our own and we are appealing to our customers not to pour their FOG from their pancake pans down the sink.”

One way to dispose of FOG is to let it cool and solidify, and then scrape it into the rubbish bin.  The wastewater drain which runs from each house is just 4 inches wide and only designed for human waste and toilet roll.

You can view first-hand the damage FOG can cause to our sewers by viewing the following video on YouTube www.youtube.com/northernirelandwater.


ENDS

Can't find what you're looking for? Visit the Need our Help or FAQ section