New ICE research shows that nearly 40% of people in the UK remain unaware of fatbergs – major sewer blockages caused by build-up of non-biodegradable items, such as wet wipes and congealed fats.
The ICE commissioned the public survey to support its new exhibition on water engineering.
The research shows just under a third of people have flushed wet wipes, with nearly a fifth of people flushing wet wipes some or all of the time. People also admitted to flushing other items, including tampons (29%), condoms (19%), plasters (15%), sanitary pads (13%) and nappies (5%).
A third of people reported that they pour fats and oils down the drain some or all of the time.
Martyn Harvie, a principal civil engineer who will be taking part in the exhibition said: “The ICE hopes to warn people against feeding fatbergs and to raise awareness of all the behind the scenes work that civil engineers do to manage our precious water resources.”