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Yorkshire Water to unleash ‘Wipesaur’ on Leeds Rhinos fans

Yorkshire Water’s anti-blockage mascot 'Wipesaur' will be at Headingley Emirates on Friday to spread the word to Leeds Rhinos fans ahead of their Betfred Super League match with Wakefield Trinity.

The Wipesaur has been out and about in both cities with the Yorkshire Water team speaking to customers about the dangers of flushing wipes down the toilet.

Yorkshire Water’s event team will join the eight-foot dinosaur mascot handing out try cards and masks to fans across the ground on Friday night as well as free anti-blockage packs with items such as kitchen sink strainers and shower hair catchers to use in the home.

Every year, Yorkshire Water is called out to repair more than 30,000 sewer blockages across the region, costing £2.4 million with 40% of these blockages being caused by wet wipes flushed down toilets.

Both Leeds and Wakefield are blockage hotspots, so the company see Friday night as a great opportunity to spread the word to both sets of fans.

Adrian Flanagan, who is leading the campaign for Yorkshire Water said: “Blockages in our networks are a big issue for us which is why we are speaking to the public to let them know what they can and cannot flush down the toilet.

“Speaking to fans of Leeds and Wakefield is a great opportunity for us and we hope they have some fun as well!”

Yorkshire Water’s event team will also be handing out novelty prizes to passers-by, if they take a selfie with the ‘Wipesaur’ and manage to unlock a prize box with the correct key.

For more information on the campaign go to our blockages page.

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