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Entertainment Co Antrim floods caused by fatbergs and wet wipes

11:30  20 october  2020
11:30  20 october  2020 Source:   belfastlive.co.uk

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Moment scientists examine what exactly creates disgusting supersize fatbergs like this 210ft sewer-blocking pile found in seaside town of Sidmouth, Devon. They discovered a number of gross sanitary products inside after dismantling it.

The wipes – which contain synthetic fibres that do not break down in water – are blocking up sewers as they combine with fats poured down the sink to Disposable wipes are being blamed on creating giant bus-sized fatbergs . Many of the wipes are not biodegradable and do not break down in water.

Giant fatbergs have blocked sewers in Co Antrim after locals jammed up drains with rubbish.

NI Water has today appealed to businesses, restaurants and households in the area to be mindful of what they are putting down the drain following recent out of sewer flooding in the area.

In recent months NI Water staff have had to deal with five major blockages causing out of sewer flooding affecting customers and the river itself.

These blockages near the Dunadry Bridge area of The Six Mile River were caused by the inappropriate disposal of fats, oils and grease - or FOG - down the sink, plus other inappropriate material such as wipes down the toilet.

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A FATBERG and flushed wet wipes sparked a 300ft-long river of diarrhoea outside an Aldi on New Year's Eve in Staffordshire. This stomach-churning photo shows gallons of raw sewage flooding a main road next to a supermarket after a fat Email us at tips@the-sun. co .uk or call 0207 782 4368 .

People have been urged to be more mindful of flushing inappropriate things down the toilet.

And they're not just happening in one area, with FOG build up discovered in many towns and cities across Northern Ireland.

Brian Donaghy, Wastewater Customer Field Manager for the area explains, “While most homes and businesses use grease traps and bin their waste correctly, there are those who don’t and this is what happens as a result.

“We would appeal to all our customers, especially food outlets in the area, to dispose of their FOG appropriately. For householders, let it cool and then put it into the bin. Alternatively, pour it into a disposable container and take it to your local oil bank.

“Businesses also risk blocking their own drainage systems, which results in extra costs being incurred in clean-up efforts. These fat blockages can not only result in out of sewer flooding, but odour problems and the risk of rat infestations both near and beyond your premises. Ways to dispose of FOG include fitting a grease trap, using an enzyme dosing system or recycling it.

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Fatbergs , caused by an entangled mess of wet wipes 'mortared together' by fats, oils and grease to form rock-hard material, are creating a 'real problem 'People might think it's OK just to pour a little bit of oil down their sink or to flush a couple of wipes during the day but when you've got 5 million people

Wipes pulled from the water system sit in a bin at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility in Brooklyn. In February, New York City launched a million campaign, complete with subway ads, telling The rise in reports of fatbergs and other blockages mirrors the growth in flushable wipes .

“As these incidents show, blockages and out of sewer flooding are extremely unpleasant and effects the whole community.

“We have all seen the disgusting effects of an overflowing manhole in the street and no one wants to see or smell it  - not even us. But the reality is, it happens regularly at a cost of millions to NI Water each year.

“We all have the power to stop it. In the last ten years, NI Water has spent over £1.5 billion investing in water and wastewater infrastructure but no amount of investment will completely stop blocked pipes if people continue  to flush wipes including flushable sanitary items and cotton buds down the toilet.

“Customer awareness and behaviour change is the only real way to address sewer misuse; it’s simple really, don’t flush anything other than paper, poo and pee and dispose of FOG properly to keep wastewater flowing through your home and our network.”

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