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Wipes stop pipes

It might seem like an easy cleaning solution – use a bathroom wipe and then flush it – but while they are sold as ‘flushable’, wipes really shouldn’t be going down the toilet at all.

Wipes - whether they be baby wipes, facial wipes, cleaning wipes or the increasingly popular personal wipes -  have the potential to create huge problems in our sewer systems. Wipes, often marketed as a cleaner alternative to toilet paper, don’t break down once they are swept down the toilet bowl.

The’flushable’ label simply means they will go down your toilet when flushed. What you need to be concerned about is what happens next?

Unlike toilet paper, wipes do not disintegrate in water. They stay pretty much intact as they travel through the sewer pipes and can get caught on roots or other debris. This increases the likelihood of a blockage in the sewer pipes which can cause costly damage to pumps or lead to sewer overflows – which have the potential to impact on the environment.

A growing problem across the western world, MidCoast Water crews have already dealt with several significant and costly blockages in our sewer systems as a result of the use of wipes.

The more wipes we use, the bigger the problem, as the wipes can collect in the system and create large blockages.

So, throw away any cleaning/disinfecting wipes, moist towelettes, personal hygiene products, baby wipes and any other type of wipe you may use in the garbage, never in your toilet. Clogged sewer lines are ugly and expensive to fix. Binning disposable wipes is such an easy way to protect our sewer system, our environment and prevent unnecessary trouble.