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Yorkshire Water to take the Wipesaur to Broadway Shopping Centre in Bradford

The Wipesaur at Broadway, Bradford

Yorkshire Water will be at Broadway Shopping Centre in Bradford again this weekend to warn the public of the dangers of flushing wet wipes down the toilet.

The company - accompanied by its Wipesaur - were in the city centre last Saturday and Sunday to explain to shoppers how flushing anything other than the three ps – pee, poo and paper could lead to a blockage.

Yorkshire Water are in Broadway after the shopping centre contacted the company following consistent issues with customers flushing wipes and causing blockages.

They will be back once again this Saturday and Sunday with competitions such as Unlock the Box, where contestants put their hand in the bag and pull out a key, and the keys which unlock the padlock will win a Smiggle voucher. There is also a game involving throwing bean bags with the aim of teaching participants what should and should not be flushed down the toilet.

Yorkshire Water spends around £2.4m on clearing around 30,000 blockages each year, of which 40% are caused by wet wipes.

Yorkshire Water Blockages Campaign Lead, Adrian Flanagan, said: "Flushing wipes down the toilet can have horrible repercussions. They do not break down and can quickly build up, cause blockages which are not only unpleasant but can cost a lot of time and money to clear up.

“It’s great that we are able to come to the Broadway Shopping Centre, speak to customers about a serious message and have some fun at the same time.”

For more information visit our blockages campaign webpage.

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