As we gear up for the holiday festivities, Uisce Éireann raises a red flag about a potential Grinch that can wreak havoc on our homes – the fatberg.
Uisce Éireann’s Head of Operations, Tom Cuddy said: “We know that blockages in our sewer network can be caused by fatbergs which have nasty consequences, including overflows onto our streets and into rivers and sea.”
Clean Coasts and Uisce Éireann have joined forces to raise awareness about responsible FOG waste disposal. Their shared message emphasises the importance of conscientious habits, particularly when dealing with leftover fats, oils, and greases.
Clean Coasts Communities Manager, Sinead McCoy is encouraging the public to take positive environmental actions. “This Christmas, keep our wastewater pipes clear by never pouring fats, oils, and greases from the Christmas dinner down the kitchen sink.”
Ronan Connolly added that Uisce Éireann “clears hundreds of blockages, including fatbergs, from the wastewater network” every week. This is made worse especially around Christmas time.
3 Steps to Avoid Pipe Blockages
1. Cool: Leave grease to cool and solidify. Once the grease is cool, you can use a spatula to scrape it into a sealable container.
2. Contain: Small amounts can be absorbed with some kitchen roll/newspaper. For larger amounts, place in a sealable container.
3. Dispose: Throw sealed container in the bin or check with your local council on how to recycle.
By following our three simple steps, homeowners can save time, money and stress – and focus on the things that really matter this festive season. This Christmas and New Year keep the Greasy Grinch out of your home and ‘Think Before You Pour!’.