Wet wipes blocking sewerage system in Isaac region
ISAAC Regional Council is urging residents to remember the three P's this year to help ease the strain on the region's sewerage system.
Wet wipes and other 'flushable' toiletry products wreak havoc on sewerage systems with blockages a common, and increasing problem.
Council is asking homeowners to stick to sending the three P's - pee, poo and paper - down the toilet, and dispose of all other products in the bin.
Wet wipes are very stretchy and do not disintegrate the way toilet paper does.
This leads to blockages in both the pipe network and in the equipment at the region's sewer treatment plants.
The issue is a state-wide concern with approximately 120 tonnes of wet wipes pulled from the sewerage network annually, which if stretched end to end would span the distance between Australia and New Zealand.
Council asks residents to keep the three P's in mind during 2016 and help play a part in cleaning up sewerage networks throughout Isaac and the state.