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Blockages surge as toilet paper panic buying causes shortages

State and local utility providers are urging Australians not to flush anything but human waste and toilet paper down the drain after a recent surge in sewer blockages.


SA Water recently urged Australians to avoid flushing anything but the “Three Ps” — that is, pee, poo, and (toilet) paper — lest residents unwittingly clog sewers. The pronouncement comes as shoppers continue to clear supermarket shelves of toilet paper, fearing extended periods cooped up at home due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


The utility provider shared a picture of a blockage pulled from a waste treatment plant, making it clear how undesirable material can accumulate.


Speaking to ABC News, Scott Moorhead of Townsville Water said the region usually drops about $2 million each year to clear such blockages. Demand for blockage-clearing services is currently much higher than average, he said.


Blockages can occur in mains or internal plumbing, and more often than not result in the backing up and bursting of waste pipes, requiring a professional to examine the issue.


As always, make sure you only use and flush toilet paper. If you are experiencing flushing or waste issues, please contact us today.

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