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Friday, 9th August 2019

Think Before You Flush, especially during the Fleadh

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Irish Water, Louth County Council and Clean Coasts remind people to “Think Before You Flush” as the Fleadh Cheoil gets underway in Drogheda (L-R Annabel FitzGerald, Regional Communications Lead, Irish Water Phoebe Duvall, Clean Coasts, Donal Heaney, Wastewater Engineer, Irish Water)

As Drogheda prepares to welcome thousands of visitors for the Fleadh Cheoil, Irish Water, in partnership with An Taisce's Clean Coasts programme and Louth County Council, is encouraging locals and visitors to ‘Think Before You Flush’ and help safeguard Drogheda’s wastewater network and environment.

Irish Water experts have been working with Louth County Council and the event organisers to ensure the water and wastewater infrastructure is in place to deal with the additional load and to safeguard the water supply.

As well as providing a reliable supply of water, all the wastewater must then be collected and treated before it can be returned safely to the environment.

Local people and visitors can play their part too by thinking about what they flush down the toilet. Every day thousands of wet wipes, cotton wool buds, sanitary products and other unsuitable items are flushed down toilets in Ireland. This causes blockages in wastewater systems and sewer overflows leading to pollution and plastic litter on beaches and in the ocean.

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Donal Heaney, Irish Water’s Wastewater Operations Lead for Louth, said: “An event such as the Fleadh is dependent on having the necessary water and wastewater capacity in place to meet the big increase in demand on the network.

“We have been working closely with the organisers since last year to ensure that our network can meet their needs and we are pleased to be able to play our part in helping support this landmark event.

“We’re reminding all residents in and visitors to Drogheda for the fleadh to ‘Think Before You Flush’. The size and scale of the impact of flushing the wrong items is incredible, we remove over a hundred blockages from the sewer network across the country every week.”

Clean Coasts Officer, Phoebe Duvall, added:“Sewage related litter is one of the categories of waste we find on our beaches, however it’s presence is preventable through some simple measures. Through the “think Before You Flush” campaign we are working with Irish Water to change the nation’s flushing behaviour which will make a difference to our coastal environment.”

The Think Before You Flush campaign is operated by An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme in partnership with Irish Water. For more information visit

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