We're going to hear a lot more about this one - WIPES. They're building up at an alarming rate in our waterways and clogging our sewer systems. Let's have a look at what's being said about this issue:
The latest information from Choice magazine is that flushable wipes are not actually flushable. Choice has tested the latest wipes and they are not passing the tests for being flushable.
Flushable means the wipes break down in a reasonable time and do not clog the pipes. The opposite is happening wipes are not breaking down fast enough to stop clogging up the pipes under our streets. See the Choice magazine for more detailed information.
To join the campaign visit Choice's Flushbusters page.
Sydney Water, in their latest flyer May-July 2016, is strongly encouraging people to do the right thing and put wipes in the rubbish bin and only the rubbish bin. Their latest community flyer says a healthy wastewater system is good for the environment and good for our health.
Our rivers, lakes, streams and beaches need to be in good health. Most people think wastewater is mainly 'poo' but, believe it or not, 99% of wastewater is water.
Sydney Water has stated that 'whales' of wipes are being extracted from our pipes every year. Sydney Water says flushed wet wipes are causing 75% of sewer blockages.
Many water authorities are now charging the owners or tenants for unblocking wipe-blocked pipes.
Click here and read more about wet wipes and pipes.
So please try and remember, No Wipes in Toilets and Pipes
FROM OUR WATER AND ENERGY GROUP
Here at Water and Energy Group we've created the Factsheet below for many regional councils to help people in regional areas take action and put used wipes in rubbish bins not the toilet.
A safe way to help the environment is to put wipes so-called flushable wipes all in the rubbish bin. Bin them all and don't risk the health of our environment.
Avoid putting these in our toilets and pipes:
wipes, nappies, cat litter, oil, rags, chemicals, cotton buds, sanitary products, dental floss and cigarette butts
People in New York are being told one message from product makers of wet wipes and authorities are saying the opposite. Play it safe and bin the wipes. A New York Times article states that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection says don't flush wet wipes, put them in the rubbish bin.