REMINDER: Don't flush toilet paper alternatives down the loo

REMINDER: Don't flush toilet paper alternatives down the loo

Published at 7:27am 1st April 2020.

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Wessex Water say they've been getting calls about things like kitchen roll and wet wipes being flushed.

Our local water supplier tell us they've seen an increasing number of customers asking whether they can use other items, because they've struggled to get hold of loo roll during the coronavirus panic buying.

But they're reminding us that ONLY the 'Three Ps' - paper, poo and pee - should be flushed to make sure there's no blockages in the sewers.

George Taylor, Wessex Water's director of sewerage, said: 

"We have been receiving a higher than normal number of enquiries from customers asking if it is okay to flush kitchen roll and wet wipes, as they have been unable to purchase toilet paper.

"Our simple message is if you are using these items, please put them in the bin, rather than flushing them. They are designed to stay intact, unlike toilet paper which can break down in the sewers.

"If a sewer blockage occurs outside your home, it could result in sewage backing up through your pipes, which would not only be extremely unpleasant, but also costly to resolve."

HOW BIG A PROBLEM ARE BLOCKAGES?

Wessex Water is called out to 13,000 blockages across the region each year.

That costs £5 million to sort out.

But we're being asked to help them, particularly at this time, when more of us staying at home, the water supplier says it's even more important to flush responsibly.

George Taylor from Wessex Water said: 

"If a public sewer blockage occurs while we are in the lockdown period, it may take longer for us to resolve it, as we will need to visit at time that minimises physical interaction with customers."

You can get more advice from Wessex Water and their #StoptheBlock campaign on their website.

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