Putting the wrong things down toilets can cause sewer blockages that damages our waste water systems and pipes. The biggest offenders are a trio of Wet Wipes, Congealed Fats and Grease. The Wet Wipes do not disintegrate like toilet paper, and solidify with the cooled congealed fats and grease from sinks to create what is officially known as a ‘Fatberg’. Fatbergs clog the pipes and can cause huge damage to sewage systems. Last year a 250 metre long fatberg that weighed over 130 tonnes was blocking an area of London’s sewage network. This cost over 1.6 Million pounds! (2.8 Million Aud).
Recently the West Australian Water Corporation has been cracking down on Wet Wipes in our waterways. The Water Corp says that in 2016-2017 nearly 40% of all wastewater blockages in Perth were caused by the trio of fats oil and wet wipes. In 2017 – consumer choice group Choice magazine piloted testing on three popular ‘Flushable’ Wet wipes that were available in major supermarkets and retail outlets, and found that they posed significant blockage threats. “Our test clearly shows that Aldi’s ‘flushable’ Confidence Fresh wipes, Sorbent’s Silky White Flushable Wipes and Kleenex’s CleanRipple Flushable Wipes should not be flushed down the toilet, regardless of watery front of pack claims,” Choice head of media Tom Godfrey said. Godfrey also stated “Choice wants these fake-flushable claims off supermarket shelves as they put consumers at risk of clogged pipes and high plumbing bills.” The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission has launched legal action against Kimberly Clark and Pental for making false and misleading representations that its wipes were ‘flushable’.
— Sydney Water (@SydneyWaterNews) March 30, 2016
From these facts and pictures, it is pretty clear that you should absolutely not flush any Wet Wipes down the loo, even if they are branded as ‘Flushable’. It could save you embarrassment and potentially thousands of dollars in expensive plumbing costs.