A bike and buckets full of cloth, both of which were pulled from drains
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Drain network 'used like the bin', says Welsh Water

Wet wipes, cotton buds and other items cost Welsh Water millions of pounds a year to remove from sewers.

The not-for-profit organisation spends £7m a year unblocking sewers.

Sewer maintenance operator Steve Tyler said children's toys, a football and even a paddling pool were among items which had been removed from pipes.

But one of the major problems workers have is wet wipes - which people mistakenly believe can be flushed down the toilet.

Caroline Evans reports.

  • 05 Oct 2016
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