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26/10/2021

Spud a main culprit for Derry's drain blockages

Our beloved spud is one of the main culprits when it comes to drain blockages in the Derry area, it has been revealed.

Spud a main culprit for Derry's drain blockages

Our beloved spud is one of the main culprits when it comes to drain blockages in the Derry area, it has been revealed.
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 £5 million.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle pictured with NI Water’s wastewater manager, Anthony McGirr.

Derry is in second place with 3,000 blockages due to building material, potatoes, carrots and fatberg in additon to the common wipes blocking pipes:

Angela Halpenny, NI Water’s head of environmental regulation, said: “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 Ps' - 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.”

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle, is supporting the campaign.
She 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”

She concluded: “If it’s not the three P’s - bin it, don’t flush it.”

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