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Yorkshire Water's Wipesaur tackles wet wipe problem at Emerald Headingley Stadium

Wipesaur, the Yorkshire Water anti-blockage dinosaur was at Emerald Headingley on Friday night to let 13,000 Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity fans know about the dangers of flushing wipes down the toilet.

The eight-foot dinosaur joined members of the Yorkshire Water events team to hand out try cards, masks and anti-blockage packs with items such as kitchen sink strainers and shower hair catchers to use in the home.

The Wipesaur made a new friend in Ronnie the Rhino with the two competing in a half-time rugby-themed obstacle course which unfortunately saw the dinosaur come off second best.

However, the Wipesaur’s main mission was to let both sets of fans know the potentially disgusting consequences of flushing wet wipes down the toilet.

“Both Leeds and Wakefield are blockage hot-spots so this was a great opportunity for us to speak to fans and increase awareness.”

“We got some great feedback from the fans and we hope they will take away those key messages and only flush the three ps down the toilet – pee poo and paper.”

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.

For more information on the campaign go to www.yorkshirewater.com/blockages

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