Maynooth selected as a ‘Think Before You Flush’ town

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Paula Campbell

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Maynooth selected as a ‘Think Before You Flush’ town

Maynooth has been chosen along with 14 other cities and towns as a Think Before You Flush Community.

Clean Coasts together with Irish Water are launching the third year of the Think Before You Flush campaign as the utility reveals that there has been an estimated 4,600 sewer blockages around the country this year due to inappropriate items being flushed down toilets.

When the 3 Ps (pee, poo and paper) are flushed down the toilet they travel along the sewer network to wastewater treatment plants. However, every day people flush thousands of items such as wet wipes, cotton bud sticks, nappies and cotton wool pads down the toilet instead of putting them in a bin. Flushing these items can have a negative impact on internal plumbing in homes and businesses, the wastewater network and our marine environment.

Maynooth along with 14 other towns and cities across the country have been selected to become Think Before You Flush Communities. Clean Coasts together with Irish Water will be delivering educational workshops in schools, promoting the campaign at festivals and community events and working with businesses to help raise awareness and provide advice.

There are 14 other Think Before You Flush Communities including Tullamore and Dublin.

Speaking about the campaign, Annabel FitzGerald, Irish Water said, “Irish Water is delighted to partner with Clean Coasts on this important educational campaign. We estimate that there has been over 4,600 sewer blockages across the country this year already. The scale of the impact of flushing the wrong items down the toilet is incredible. In Maynooth we remove several tonnes of material such as wet wipes and sanitary products every month from the sewer network. These can cause blockages in sewer pipes and pumps.”