DISGUSTING: QUU staff member Melissa McGovern stands in front of wet wipes that have been flushed down the toilet.
DISGUSTING: QUU staff member Melissa McGovern stands in front of wet wipes that have been flushed down the toilet. Ashley Roach - Fullframe Photogr

COMMENT: Laziness comes at high cost

IT MIGHT come as a surprise to a lot of people to learn that those filthy wet wipes don't just magically disappear once you flush them down the loo.

Therein lies the problem with flushing things down the toilet; what is out of sight and out of mind in the short term can slowly fester and then come back to bite you years down the track.

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If you don't believe me, just ask any plumber.

If you still don't believe me, ask Queensland Urban Utilities.

The accumulation of wet wipes that have become stuck in sewage pipes after being flushed down the toilet by lazy or unwitting polluters is costing us all very dearly.

Earlier this year Queensland Urban Utilities revealed Ipswich residents have been flushing 120 tonnes of wet wipes down their toilets each year, resulting in a $2.5 million headache for QUU, which has to physically remove what have become known as "fatbergs”.

Nationally, the problem costs us $15 million in repairs to blocked pipes.

What's worse is that this problem is entirely preventable, simply by throwing your wet wipes in the bin instead of flushing.

I'm glad to hear the manufacturers of so-called "flushable” wet wipes have come under fire from the ACCC, but this is an issue where we as individuals also need to take a bit of responsibility.



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