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The Dirty Dozen gang causing havoc in Antrim

13 May 2016 15:03

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ is wreaking havoc on NI Water’s sewer system in Altmore Close, Antrim.
The ‘Dirty Dozen’ are the twelve most common items the public flush and dump down our sewers.  The ring leader is the innocent looking Baby Wipe, closely followed by Sanitary Towel.  These ordinary household items head a gang of everyday products that cause mayhem with the sewer system when flushed down the toilet or dumped in the sewers.
Brian Donaghy, Customer Field Manager explains:

“A major blockage at a manhole in Altmore Close caused extensive out of sewer flooding.  When our team cleared the sewer they pulled out a massive amount of ‘rags’ which are clumps of baby wipes, sanitary towels and face wipes which ball together to create the blockage.  The out of sewer flooding that resulted was extensive and created a major inconvenience for local residents.  

“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!  Even those wipes that claim to be flushable should be put in the bin.

“We are literally fighting a daily battle to clear blocked sewers at a cost of over £2.5 million to NI Water every year.”
NI Water will never win this battle alone.  We need the support of the public to work with us to dispose of these items in the bin rather than down the sewer.  Together we can beat the ‘Dirty Dozen’ and keep our sewers running freely!
You can view first hand the damage inappropriate items can do to a sewer by visiting http://www.youtube.com/user/northernirelandwater. 

ENDS
All media enquires to NI Water press office 028 9035 4710 or email press.office@niwater.com.

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