Christmas dinner 'turkeyberg' warning

Published Friday, 20 December 2013
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Northern Ireland Water has warned people not to pour fat, oil and grease down the sink after cooking their Christmas dinner.

Christmas dinner 'turkeyberg' warning
NI Water said people should let the oil harden then scrape it into the bin. (© NIW)

The company said a UK survey showed that 25% more grease ends up in the sewers during the festive holiday season - and is having a disastrous effect.

As it cools and solidifies the grease can form blockages which have become known as 'fatbergs' - or at this time of year, 'turkeybergs'.

NI Water said it has dealt with around 20,779 sewer blockages in 2013 at a cost of £1.7m.

Des Nevin from the company is advising people to let fat oil and grease cool and solidify before scraping it away into the bin, rather than emptying it into the sink.

He said: "While the meal may be planned with meticulous detail, little attention is paid to what we put down the sink. When fat, oil and grease solidifies in the sewers it prevents wastewater flowing through the pipe, and often causes a blockage.

"When a drain becomes blocked and overflows, the consequences can be devastating. We can all play a part in maintaining the sewerage infrastructure from restaurants, pubs and hotels right through to home owners and industrial outlets."

© UTV News
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3 Comments
Simon in Omagh, Co. Tyrone wrote (119 days ago):
some might think its highly unhealthy, but if you pour the hot oil into a jug, add some instant gravy granules, a few shakes of Knorr Aromat and a little hot water, it makes the best Christmas gravy you will ever have.... we do it every year...
Glenn Martin in Toronto,Canada wrote (119 days ago):
Tis the season to poor the grease drippings into a tin can, refrigerate and then throw the tin can into the garbage. Dishes must be wiped before they go into the dish water. Merry Christmas
realistic in planet earth wrote (120 days ago):
let it solidify and feed it to pets, or the birds!
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