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Toilet tales of horror
12:00pm Friday 7th December 2012 in News
GUNS, drugs and false teeth are some of the items water workers have had to scoop out of the region’s toilets.
Those unsavoury deposits came to light in a new survey from United Utilities which also lists reading, chatting and texting are among our favourite activities on the toilet.
The study findings also highlight that two million of us are talking from the ‘throne room’– either on the phone or to family – and one in four admitted to sending texts.
Over the past year North West water firm United Utilities had to respond to 28,000 blockages in sewers mainly caused by items being flushed down the loo.
Customers also called saying they’d flushed their mobile phone into the loo or false teeth and could they be collected at the sewerage treatment works.
Offending items like baby wipes and nappies, mobile phones, money, false teeth, bullets, guns, and drugs have all been recently flushed into the public sewer in the county costing £13 million every year to unblock pipes.
The water firm has launched a Think Before You Flush campaign, which tells customers to avoid abusing their toilet by not flushing inappropriate items into the sewers.
According to the organisation, 86 per cent of all blockages are caused by careless use of the toilet.
Tony Griffiths from United Utilities said: “When you consider that 1.25 billion people across the world live without a safe place to go to the toilet, we should take more pride and care of our loo in the house.
“Although these items disappear when you flush your loo, they don’t totally go away.
“They just settle out in their own pipes and the sewer pipes beyond people’s properties.
“Many household products claim to be flushable, but all they do is block your pipes. Think before you flush and just bin it.”
The study also found people mostly thought about food or wine while on the toilet, and that men were more likely than women to look around for a distraction.