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Wipes, paper towels and tissues can’t be flushed like toilet paper

16 March 2020

Western Water is reminding their customers that toilet paper is the only type of paper that should be flushed down the toilet.

Please only flush the three P's – Pee, Poo and (Toilet) Paper down the toilet.

Products such as paper towels, wipes and tissue paper are not designed for our sewerage systems and could lead to sewer spills.

Toilet paper is the only product that is designed to break down properly in our sewerage network.

Paper towels, tissues and wipes don’t disintegrate the same way as toilet paper and can get stuck in the pipes or cause fatbergs to form in the pipes. This can lead to sewer spills in the home or in public spaces, like parks and waterways.

We also recommend customers avoid ‘flushable’ wipes as there is no current Australian industry standard that provides criteria to manufacturers on how to make them compatible with our sewer systems.


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