Bathroom users flush masses of waste ‘rag’

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MORE than 1,934 tonnes of ‘rag’ has been pulled out of sewers across the county so far this year, the equivalent of more than four fully-laden jumbo jets.

What the water industry calls rag includes all waste items that don’t break down in water including wipes, nappies, needles, toys and tampons.

But the figures from Southern Water show Hampshire is at least doing better than neighbouring Sussex, with more than 2,521 tonnes, and Kent which is at 2,246 tonnes.

Stuart Slark of Southern said: ‘The only things that should be flushed down the toilet are the three Ps – pee, poo and paper. It costs our customers £1.8m a year to have this removed and keep our sewers flowing.

‘Taking simple steps can help save your money and our time. Over the years we’ve found some strange things dumped in our sewers including false teeth, teddy bears, dead pets and adult toys.’

Non-biodegradable items, such as wet wipes, should be put in a bin to avoid blockages.