Wipes Blockage Reduction


TOILETS ARE ONLY FOR PEE, POO AND TOILET PAPER. DON’T TREAT YOUR TOILET LIKE A RUBBISH BIN.

A serious and growing problem facing sewerage system operators across New Zealand is the proliferation of wipes that are improperly disposed of down the toilet. These wipes cause blockages resulting in messy clean ups and unnecessary costs to consumers and local bodies who manage pipes and wastewater treatment plants.

Water New Zealand is working with our stakeholders to educate customers not to flush wipes (and other products) that belong in bins, as well as the development of standards for flushability.

Members are encouraged to use local media outlets and channels to raise awareness amongst their own communities. The communication resources at the link below provide a starting point for undertaking this work.

Our work on wipes blockages is overseen by reference groups with representatives from the Food and Grocery Council, the Ecolabelling trust, Citycare, Watercare, Wellington Water and Hastings District Council.

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES

Press release

Why it’s important NOT to flush wipes – important messages

Educational video produced by the Food and Grocery Council

Consumer information

TECHNICAL RESOURCES

CODE OF PRACTICE: Communicating Appropriate Disposal Pathways for Nonwoven Wipes to Protect Wastewater Systems

Blockage testing methodology

Report assessing the impacts of pulp loading from non-dispersible material on downstream sewer systems

May 2017 Water journal article outlining standards development initiatives

LINKS FROM AROUND THE WEB

Sydney Waters award winning customer engagement strategy for reducing wipes blockages

“Cant flush this” United Utilities wipe reduction rap video

“We three pees” Southern Waters sewer protection carol

ENQUIRIES

Enquiries can be directed to media@waternz.org.nz or technical@waternz.org.nz.