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Pooh blocks drains in Ballymoney

By Matthew McCreary

Northern Ireland Water staff came across an unusual kind of pooh when they went to unclear a blocked drain recently.

Instead of the usual bathroom variety, engineers were confronted with a Winnie the Pooh soft toy.

It took the six-strong squad over two hours to remove the toy, which had become lodged in the pipe, and conduct a clean-up operation at the site in Ballymoney.

Now NI Water are urging customers not to dispose of inappropriate waste down the sewers or by flushing them down the toilet.

“Disposing of inappropriate waste items by flushing them down the toilet can create numerous problems, not only for the overall system, but if the blockage occurs on your property it may result in flooding in your home,” said the organisation’s Angela Torrens.

Torrens advised that items which should be ‘bagged and binned’ and not flushed include:

  • Sanitary items — including towels, tampons, applicators, panty liners, backing strips.
  • Disposable nappies, liners and baby wipes
  • Condoms and femidoms
  • Cotton buds and cotton wool
  • Razors and toothbrushes
  • Contact lenses
  • Incontinence pads
  • Colostomy bags
  • Used bandages
  • Syringes and needles
  • Medicines

Over the next three years Northern Ireland Water will invest £1m per day in new or upgraded water and wastewater infrastructure.

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