Two tonnes of wet wipes clog our pipes every year.
Wet wipes are flushable, so they will go down the toilet, but they’re made from plastic which means they’re not biodegradable and they don’t break down in our pipes.
Instead they cling together and turn into jumbo fatbergs that block our pumps. Some of our pump stations are blocked up to three times a week, and every time this happens there is a risk of a sewerage overflow.
Cleaning all this up costs our ratepayers thousands of dollars every year!
Commonly used wet wipes include...
- baby wipes,
- car cleaning wipes,
- hand wipes and
- facial wipes.
It's an elephant-sized problem, but an easy one to fix with these top tips!
- Only flush the three Ps - pee, poo and paper.
- Dispose of your wet wipes in the bin, not the toilet. (Even better, keep your use of them to a minimum or use a reusable alternative like a face cloth).
- Keep a bin by your toilet and in your bathroom.
What's the problem with wet wipes?
Flushable wipes are causing wastewater overflows that are entering our stormwater system that then drains to our rivers and on to the ocean, which is not good for the environment.
We don’t want the problem to wash up in our rivers do we? Help us keep the place looking beautiful and save our pipes from wipes!
The overflows are expensive and cost ratepayers thousands of dollars a year.
Many homeowners have experienced plumbing problems because of wipes, so you may have expensive maintenance issues at home if you flush them
The problem doesn't stop there ...
Many other items are found in our wastewater system that shouldn't be flushed down, even if they say "flushable". These items build up and cause major blockages:
- Disposable nappies
- Tampons and sanitary pads
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Cleaning wipes
- Facial tissues
- Bandages and bandage wrappings
- Paint thinners
- Motor oil
- Cooking oil