Don’t flush it, bin it
Wet wipes, sanitary towels and cotton buds are among the many items which cause thousands of nasty blockages in sewers every year.
Take the shake
Customers shake their stuff and find out what really happens to wet wipes when they're flushed away.
Think about what you flush
Your toilet is not a bin. It is not designed to cope with more than human waste and toilet paper.
Throwing other items down your toilet, such as wet wipes or sanitary towels, will only cause a blockage. And, even if it doesn’t affect you, that doesn’t mean it is not causing problems elsewhere and in other homes.
As well as causing nasty smells in gardens across our region blockages can cause flooding, which can, and does, back up into people’s homes.
Sewers are often no wider than 4” or 100mm, so cannot cope with so called “flushable” or “disposable” products.
Around 75% of blockages involve the incorrect disposal of these items– costing people millions of pounds a year in plumbing bills.
Wrap up your fat
Fat, oil and grease are other major causes of blockages in the sewer network.
Instead of pouring it down the sink, wait until it is cool and then pour it into a non-recyclable container and dispose of it with other household waste.
Some fat will solidify, but some will remain a liquid. In this case make sure the liquid is put in a sealable pot, or alternatively absorbed by kitchen towels or newspaper.
Don’t use food macerators. Not only do they waste drinking water, but they also lead to drain blockages as the fat can congeal further downstream.
A fun way to learn
Our app advises people how to dispose household waste safely.
For more information, visit our Wessex Water mobile page.
For more information
If you have any questions about the safe disposal of your waste, please contact customer services.
Your local council will also be able to give you advice about ways to dispose of household waste safely and without damage to the environment.
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