What to do about wet wipes

What to do about wet wipes

Wet wipes are moist cloths often used for personal hygiene, however they are not designed to be flushed down the toilet.

Flushing anything other than the three Ps – pee, poo and (toilet) paper – causes blockages throughout our sewerage network, from the mains to the pump stations and sometimes at the wastewater treatment plants at the end of the system. It can also end in the awful, inconvenient and potentially costly experience of a sewer overflow in your yard or even inside your house.

While toilet paper breaks down in around 30 seconds, wet wipes are much stronger and don't easily disintegrate in water.

Water utilities across the world are dealing with the growing issue of wipes clogging pipes and damaging sewerage infrastructure. As well as the costs involved in removing them from our system, wet wipes can damage your plumbing and cause environmental issues, such as overflows to creeks, beaches and waterways.

By putting wet wipes in the bin rather than flushing them, you'll be doing your bit to help South Australia’s sewerage system and our environment, as well as easing the strain on your household plumbing.

Keeping our sewers healthy is a joint responsibility, so we’ll keep playing our part in ensuring a reliable sewerage network. We will also work with the wider water industry on further public education on the wet wipes issue and advocate for clear packaging information, in relation to wet wipe products currently labelled as ‘flushable’.

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