Tons of wet wipes block sewers

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MORE than 6,000 tons of wet wipes and items have blocked a sewer network.

Southern Water said the blockages happened between April and November.

Around 698 tons of this was cleared from sites in Portsmouth and Havant.

The items travelled through sewers after being flushed down toilets.

In total, 91 tons came from Budds Farm treatment works in Havant, 512 tons from Fort Cumberland storm tanks and outfall in Eastney, 57 tons from Eastney pumping station and 38 tons from Eastney treatment works.

Paul Kent, Southern Water’s wastewater strategy manager, said: ‘Unlike toilet roll, these wipes don’t break down when flushed so frequently cause blockages. They can also cause damage at our treatment works.’