Irish Water had to clear an average of 16 blockages in the country’s sewage network each day last year as a result of inappropriate items being flushed down toilets. It is estimated the annual bill for clearing such material from the sewage network is around €7m. “The size and scale of the impact of flushing the wrong items down the toilet is incredible,” Ms Fitzgerald said. A report by Irish Water said material arriving in the country’s largest wastewater treatment plant in Ringsend at the time of the incident was not normal sewage but contained solids linked to construction activity. Irish Water has calculated the Ringsend plant removes 60 tonnes of wet wipes and other sanitary items from the system each month.
Source: Irish Examiner March 16, 2019 04:30 UTC