Luxury loo paper and wipes are sewer cul­prits

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - THE DIARY - BY JOSH LAY­TON

GI­ANT fat­bergs are clog­ging up sewage sys­tems in some of the coun­try’s posh­est lo­ca­tions.

The drain-block­ing mon­sters are plagu­ing well-heeled ar­eas where res­i­dents are flush­ing away durable luxury toi­let paper and wet wipes.

A 210ft-long mass found last month in sew­ers below Sid­mouth, Devon, will cost £130,000 to re­move.

Chelsea, Chel­tenham, Har­ro­gate and Hen­ley-on-thames have all had is­sues in the past three years.

Pre-moist­ened wet wipes and thicker quilted toi­let paper take longer to break down, es­pe­cially when they mix with cook­ing oil.

An­drew Roantree, direc­tor of waste wa­ter at South West Wa­ter, which man­ages Sid­mouth’s sew­ers, said: “We’ve asked Ex­eter Univer­sity to an­a­lyse the fat­berg. We see them in de­prived ar­eas too. We want to work out how life­styles cause them.

“Toi­let pa­pers should fall apart once they are in the wa­ter. When luxury toi­let paper came out, it was ob­vi­ous it would cause prob­lems.”

Polyester baby wipes and “flush­able” wipes are also be­ing blamed.

US firm Kim­berly-clark, which makes An­drex Wash­lets, re­as­sures cus­tomers on its web­site: “Our Wash­lets are care­fully de­signed to break up in mov­ing wa­ter.”

GRIM Fat­bergs cost thou­sands

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