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Severn Trent reveals that wet wipes found in sewage could be linked to Henry VIII throne

Wet wipes found in sewage could be linked to King Henry VIII throne, calculations revealed.

Severn Trent, the water utility firm in charge of the Newark area, has revealed that it can take up to 500 years for wet wipes that contain plastics to breakdown.

Following a few calculations, the firm said that ‘ if Henry or one of his many wives had popped one down the loo back in 1524, it would only be breaking down now’.

Wet wipes found on Severn Trent sewage
Wet wipes found on Severn Trent sewage

The historical connections are a reminder of how tough wet wipes are, and customers are being urged to avoid potential costly blockages by putting the wipes and other unflushable items in the bin rather than the toilet.

In the past year, waste crews at the water company have tackled 28,782 blockages.

Grant Mitchell, sewer blockages lead for Severn Trent, said: “I didn’t think we’d ever be able to connect Henry VIII and wet wipes together, but it just goes to show how tough they are and how that impacts the sewers.

“The new Government ban that has been announced is an extremely positive step forward, but we still need to work together with our customers and by only putting the correct items down the toilet will greatly improve sewer health, which will keep everyone protected from unnecessary hassle of blockages.

“We are continuing to urge everyone to keep in mind that only the three P’s should be put down the toilet – pee, poo and paper.”

The Government recently announced a new legislation to ban wet wipes containing plastic.

The new law will make it illegal to sell wet wipes containing plastic in England, which was backed by Severn Trent.

One of the biggest offenders of blockages is wet wipes — even some that say flushable or biodegradable on the packaging.

Other blockage offenders include kitchen rolls, cotton buds, nappies and sanitary products.

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