NI Water reveal some of the stuff stuck down sewers including a Thomas the Tank Engine toy

Thomas the Tank Engine toy in sewer.

NI Water have revealed some of the stuff stuck down sewers included a Thomas the Tank Engine toy.

NI Water is now calling on customers to adopt better flushing habits and to bin anything other than ‘pee, poo and paper’.

From Thomas the Tank Engine in Keady, to potatoes in the North West, wet wipe monsters in Newtownabbey and a concreteberg in Omagh, NI Water say they have seen it all!


Gavin McCready, wastewater manager, reminded the public that wet wipes in particular are a no-no.

He said: “It doesn’t need to be Halloween for us to be afraid of what we find down there.

“People are under the impression that the wet wipes are ok to flush, whether it’s facial, baby or toilet. The fact is they are not; even if they say flushable.

“Unlike toilet paper, these wipes hold a certain amount of water and do not break down quickly enough to avoid causing a blockage.

“The same goes for FOG (fat, oil and grease), instead of pouring it down the sink (this includes rinsing off cooking trays) scrape it into the bin or into a bottle for recycling.

“All we ask is that people are more responsible with the disposal of their bathroom and food waste; the next blockage could be in your home, and that would be scary!”

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