Surroundings Safety Authority Victoria (EPA) is urging Victorians to ‘assume earlier than they flush’, due to issues that using merchandise equivalent to moist wipes, tissues or paper towels as alternate options for lavatory paper might put strain on the state’s sewers and home wastewater techniques.
Individuals ought to solely flush the three P’s down the bathroom – Pee, Poo and bathroom Paper. If Victorians don’t have rest room paper to make use of, then the alternate options ought to be disposed of in the principle family waste bin.
Sewers are usually not designed to deal with moist wipes, tissues and paper towels. They clump collectively forming slimy thick mounds generally known as ‘fatbergs’ which trigger blockages or harm to infrastructure. This results in sewer spills that influence on the atmosphere and may create a public well being situation.
EPA Deputy Chief Environmental Scientist Dr Dan Evans mentioned that whereas moist wipes is likely to be marked as ‘flushable’ that doesn’t assure that they’ll biodegrade and never trigger air pollution to our surroundings.
“Sewer spills of moist wipes, litter, paper towels and tissues can get caught up in vegetation in drains and trigger water high quality points,” Dr Evans mentioned.
“A rise in water air pollution might be probably dangerous to animals, birds, fish and different aquatic life, in addition to inflicting odour.”
Members of the general public can report all sorts of air pollution by calling the EPA 24-hour hotline, on 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).