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Sea of veg gives water officials that sinking feeling

Hundreds of potatoes and carrots washed up at local treatment works
Hundreds of potatoes and carrots washed up at local treatment works
Claire Williamson

By Claire Williamson

Do you pay attention to what you are putting down the sink?

Well, the latest photos from NI Water might make you think twice, as it issued a warning to the public not to feed the sewers with their Easter dinners.

It comes after it released photos of hundreds of potatoes and carrots found washed up at a local wastewater treatment works.

Davy McCullough from the public utility said people need to be aware of what they are putting down the plughole.

He said: "Easter is a popular time for friends and families to get together, often to enjoy a roast dinner. While the meal may be planned with meticulous detail, little attention is paid to what we put down the sink or, in this case, dumped down the sewers.

"When fat, oil and grease (FOG) solidifies in the sewers it prevents wastewater flowing through the pipe, and often causes a blockage. The same goes for other inappropriate items such as wipes, sanitary products and, on this strange occasion, potatoes and carrots.

"NI Water would remind all customers that opening a manhole and putting anything down it is prohibited.

"By doing this, you are obstructing a working sewer, which is designed to take waste away from homes.

"Incidents like this cause out-of-sewer flooding and require valuable time and resources to resolve.

"Some businesses may also be using industrial sinks to dispose of food waste.

"Everyone has a role to play in keeping the drains clear and fat-free this Easter."

NI Water says in order to do that over Easter, put the roast dinner FOG and food waste in the appropriate bins.

The best way to dispose of your cooking FOG is to let it cool and solidify, and then scrape it into the rubbish bin. You can also pour it into an empty bottle and recycle it.

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