Hilltops Council is experiencing a high volume of rags and wet wipes coming into sewerage treatment plants in the area and is increasingly being called to fix sewer pipe blockages caused by materials that should not be flushed down toilets.
“Wet wipes and rags clogging our sewers and breaking our pumps is one of the daily challenges we face in keeping the Hilltops sewer system operating,” said Hilltops General Manager Dr Edwina Marks.
Everything you pour down the drain or flush down the toilet goes through the sewerage system and it is really important to remember that some things should not enter the sewer system.
Some of the worst culprits are fats, oils and grease. After they are washed down the sink, they quickly cool and solidify, sticking to the walls of the pipes causing blockages. If they mix with other items, such as wet wipes or sanitary products, then blockages can become more serious.