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Problem with wet wipes in wastewater system worsens


Of all the things Aucklanders force-flush down their toilets, wet wipes are especially concerning for Watercare.

The material doesn't break down and can constrict wastewater pipes, leading to blockages and overflows, according to Peter Rogers, asset protection manager at the public utility's wastewater treatment plant in Māngere, south Auckland.

The plant treats wastewater from most of Auckland's toilets, showers, hand basins, kitchen sinks, industrial plants and hospitals. Read more