Track and trace tool to identify wet wipe offenders
A Northumbrian Water employee has created an innovative tool to track down wet wipe offenders and tackle sewer blockages.
The innovative tool – Barbarian – is a spiky circular device resembling a crown and weighing two pounds will be used in faster flowing sewers to help the company pin-point anyone wrongfully flushing wipes.
Sewer gadget inventor, Steve Green, who works as a Sewerage Maintenance Operative at Northumbrian Water, said: "This latest device will help us in the battle against sewer blockages caused by wet wipes, and adds to the range of blockage tackling tools we already have.
He said: "We will continue to work with customers and educate them on the heart-breaking consequences wipes can have when flushed, from causing people's homes to be flooded with toilet waste to the environment being polluted.
"Wet wipes may leave your toilet bowl when flushed but can clog up your plumbing and cause avoidable plumber callout charges. Even biodegradable products often don't break down as quickly as toilet paper and can linger in sewer pipes, contributing to blockages”.
Northumbrian Water's ‘Bin the Wipe' campaign is encouraging customers not to use their toilets as a bin, after finding around 64% of the 15,600 blockages cleared in 2019 were caused by wet wipes.
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