Wipes Blockage Reduction


TOILETS ARE ONLY FOR PEE, POO AND TOILET PAPER. WIPES BELONG IN THE 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 are causing blockages that result in major headaches and unnecessary costs to consumers, plumbers, local bodies and wastewater treatment plants.

Water New Zealand initiatives to address blockages are overseen by a wipes advisory group. The group includes representatives from the Food and Grocery Council, Citycare, Watercare, Wellington Water and Hastings District Council.

RESOURCES

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

Blockage testing methodology

International Standards Organisation (ISO) ISO/NP TS 24 524: Activities relating to drinking water and wastewater services - Technical specifications for flushable products

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

Consumer information

ENQUIRIES

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