Is it drain safe?
Whatever you flush down the toilet, or rinse down the sink, might be out of sight, out of mind for you, but it all ends up in the sewerage system where there are a lot of pipes and pumps that can get blocked – some of them on your property.
STOP IT. DON’T BLOCK IT!
Help us to prevent sewer blockages, and potential damages to the environment, by not flushing baby wipes, hygiene wipes, cleaning wipes, paper towel, cleansing pads and sanitary products.
Our sewers are simple transportation systems designed to move human waste, toilet paper and water only.
Our mainterance team works hard to keep the sewerage system moving, but we need your help. We ask that you stick to the Three P’s, pee, poo and toilet paper.
Please think before you flush. STOP IT. DON’T BLOCK IT!
Keep sewers clean and environment healthy
While some packaging may claim to be flushable or biodegradable, they last in our sewerage network long enough to cause blockages to pipes and pumps. This is particularly troublesome for Westernport Water as many of our assets are at sea level and require pumping to move sewage to treatment facilities.
Flushable on the packaging refers to being able to pass though the toilet bowl. Even though they disappear from your toilet bowl, because they don’t break down fast enough, they build up in pipes and cause blockages. They should be disposed of via the bin and not the loo.
Things like wipes and sanitary products don’t break down as quickly as toilet paper. Even though they say biodegradable, they take much longer to break down, which is why they contribute to blockages and should be disposed of via the bin and not the loo.
The following videos are a fun and engaging way to learn about what not to flush. See where things go when they are flushed down the toilet and what happens when the wrong things are flushed!