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I know I have when not thinking in the past, but generally I check first if I can flush or not.
United Utilities have come up with a pack for those of us in the North West, with a guide of what we can and can not flush.
It also highlights some important information regarding
In short, you should only flush toilet paper which is easily broken up, does not cause clogging and is better for the water.
There are many blockages due to sanitary products, baby wipes, face wipes and other things you might think to flush.
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I gasped in horror when my friend exclaimed she wipes her face then flushes. I knew this had an impact on the water pipes and explained to her that she should never flush anything other than toilet paper.
I think what shocked me more, was my friend had no idea about this.
I assumed everyone knew, I mean it is not so widely our there if I cam honest, I can't remember seeing, hearing or reading anything about it.
So this is where I and United Utilities come in.
I am obviously writing about this today but United Utilities have a campaign going on called 'Think Before You Flush' which is highlighting what we are flushing down the toilet is bad (apart from the most obvious)
Here is a few stats that shocked me (This is for the North West)
1 in 3 people that use baby wipes, flush them down the toilet
£10 Million is the costs of the 25,000 blockages per year around the North West!
70,520 people have flushed deceased animals that are not fish! Whaaaat!
The most common childs toy that is flushed is Lego.
These blockages become costly for us too, having to clean up overflows from the blockages, the stench, the water bills going up every year to cover this.
So what can we do to help?
Well think before you flush! Don't flush anything other than toilet paper.
Get a nice fancy waste basket or bin for your bathroom and pop it all in there.
Use scented nappy sacks for sanitary products then you can simply pop in your waste bin.
Don't flush anything other than the 3 P's (First 2 are obvious, third is toilet paper)
Get a toilet lock for toddlers so they don't flush your valuables down the loo (Yeah, I have lost a few phones, jewellery and various items from this)
Do you think before you flush? If not, would you think more in future?
Go read the informative United Utilities website and also join in the fun! There is even a fun interactive game here...
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