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To Prevent Your Blushes, Check Your Flushes!

21st March 2018
Let's Stop The Block - Welsh Water campaign - toddler throwing wet wipes down the toilet

Potty training comes with a whole host of new challenges and temptations. What do I do with the poop afterwards? What do I do when my toddler fills the dirtied potty up with dirty wet wipes? On a number of occasions I’ve been tempted to simply flush it all down the toilet, wet wipes and all, but I have seen first hand just how much disruption flushing wet wipes can cause, and that was just on a small scale.

I’ve lived in a terraced house where every few months we would smell a horrid stench coming up from the kitchen sink. We knew we were in trouble as soon as we smelt that stench. One of the houses further up had been flushing wet wipes, again. We were the poor souls who had the shared sewer in our back garden. The sewer that would become blocked up and start to overflow. With actual human faeces, in our garden. The person flushing the wet wipes never stopped, I’m not even sure if they were aware of how much of a problem they were causing, but we were more than aware.

Let's Stop The Block - Welsh Water campaign - Johnson's wet wipes flatlay with duck and flower

Most wet wipes come with a warning that they shouldn’t be flushed, but people ignore it, thinking their wipes alone won’t make a difference. It’s not just the obvious items that we need to stop flushing either, believe it or not even flushable wipes can cause problems!

Blocked sewers are a very serious problem for my local water supplier, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Causing misery, damage to homes and businesses, and major pollution to our beautiful rivers, beaches and wider environment in wales. They deal with 2000 blockages every month, most of which are easily preventable and caused by everyday items such as wet wipes, sanitary towels, cotton buds and dental floss flushed down the toilet; fat, oil and grease rinsed down drains.

Let's Stop The Block - Welsh Water campaign - what to do with wet wipes and poo when potty training

When it comes to potty training and wet wipes we’ve decided to simply ditch the wet wipes. Why can’t our three year old use toilet paper just like us? That’s right, she can! We keep a bin in the bathroom for sanitary products, and Aria now knows that if she manages to get her hands on those wet wipes she must throw them in the bin, and definitely not down the toilet!

By making small, simple changes we can stop the block! Find out more about how you can stop the block here.

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  • Reply Jo 21st March 2018 at 7:04 pm

    This annoys me! People putting sanitary products down the toilet, before I went on to reusable I used a bin, my mates thought I was crazy. Don’t get me started then on those mates that flush condoms too ?? when asked why, well don’t want the bin men seeing them.

    • Reply Leanne 22nd March 2018 at 6:49 pm

      It’s frustrating isn’t it? I can’t believe people think it’s okay to flush those kinds of things away.

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