IMAGES of waste clogging drains in Darlington have been released to highlight its impact on the local sewage system. 

Northumbrian Water urged residents follow its 'Bin The Wipe' campaign and not flush any sanitary items down the toilet. 

"Not one, but two big hauls here from Darlington!" the local water body said. 

"Our Bin The Wipe team is working in the DL1 4 and DL3 0 postcode areas and these pics are an example of what we need people to help us stop.

"Flushing wipes – ANY wipes – risks causing blockages that can force waste back into homes and businesses, or even into the environment.

"Please don’t use your toilet as a bin."

Read more: The weird items Northumbria Water has found blocking sewers​

The Northern Echo:

Last year, more than 60 per cent of blockages across Northumbria Water's network contained wipes, which do not break up and can cause build-ups.

Problem areas have been located in the DL1 4 and DL3 0 postcode areas.

People will initially be sent letters about the Bin the Wipe campaign.

Then, the team will be based in those areas, clearing blockages and identifying where wipes have been flushed.

The water company says it has tools to help it narrow the search to streets and even individual properties.

Those who continue to flush wipes will be warned of the company’s ability to recharge the cost of clearing blockages, or even, in extreme circumstances, prosecute for offences under the Water Industry Act 1991.

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