Toilet rolls disappearing from supermarket shelves quicker than supplies are restocked but Dubbo Regional Council urges people to avoid using paper towels or napkins that can cause costly blockages in residential sewer pipes and Council sewer mains

Paper towels and napkins are not designed to break down in water like toilet paper. Flushing them can result in blockages and expensive home plumbing problems.

Wet wipes, nappies, sanitary napkins, razors, cotton buds and syringes also should not be flushed in the toilet.

Internal plumbing pipes are of a smaller diameter than council sewer mains and a blockage is more likely to be caused in the home than the sewage system if toilet paper substitutes are used.

The risk of blockages is greater for properties reusing grey water in gardens as they may not produce the water flush to move heavier papers through internal drains.

Dubbo Regional Council says there has been no increase in the number of sewer main blockages reported. However, residents are asked to use only toilet paper to reduce risk of blockages in property sewer pipes and Council mains.

Last Edited: 16 Mar 2020

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