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    Grim toilet blockages is causing damage to beaches in the capital with Dubliners being urged to never flush wet wipes down the toilet.

    The Think Before You Flush Campaign, operated by Clean Coasts in partnership with Irish Water will help combat fatbergs, wastewater blockages and sewage related litter on the beaches.

    Tom Cuddyof Irish Water said: “In 2021 we found out that one in four people living in Ireland were still regularly flushing the wrong things down the toilet - that’s almost a million people.

    “The impacts of flushing the wrong things down the toilet are very real in our day to day lives, we are still removing thousands of sewer blockages from our network every month.

    “Removing blockages can be a nasty job; sometimes workers have to enter sewers to remove blockages with shovels.

    “I’ve seen pump blockages that workers have had to literally clear by hand in order to get the pumps up and running again in a race against time."

    Mr Cuddy recommends that wet wipes and other sanitary products should go in the bin even if they are labelled as flushable.

    “Our message is simple, only the 3 Ps, pee, poo and paper should be flushed down the toilet," he continued.

    “We all have a role to play in protecting our beaches, seas and marine life. A small change in our flushing behaviour can make a big difference.

    "Put wipes, dental floss and even hair in the bin and not down the toilet to help us avoid frightening blockages this Halloween.”

    When waste items like wet wipes and sanitary items are flushed down the toilet, they can reappear in the form of frightening fatbergs.

    Wet wipes can cause blockages in the sewer pipes at your home or in the public wastewater network.

    They can also cause blockages at pumping stations and can clog screens at wastewater treatment plants.

    Toilet roll disintegrates quickly when flushed but the synthetic materials in items like wet wipes, cotton buds, sanitary products and even dental floss makes them very strong.

    This can lead to blockages and overflows that can harm our beaches, seas and marine life.

    Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager, Clean Coasts said: “The campaign aims to increases education and awareness about sewage related litter, enabling people to realise the consequence of their simple bathroom routine.

    "Small changes can prevent items like cotton bud sticks and wet wipes washing up on Ireland’s spectacular beaches.”

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    Source : https://www.msn.com/en-ie/lifestyle/other/grim-toilet-blockages-causing-damage-to-dublin-beaches/ar-AAPYbHT

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