The Think Before You Flush Campaign.
C’mon own up, what exactly do you flush down your toilet? Or what do your kids like to flush down your toilet? Maybe you are one of the 19% who has dropped their phone in the loo? I know a few people in that group, note: don’t leave your phone in your pocket when you go the toilet! Simple. What may not be so simple is stopping your kids chucking stuff down there though!
Have you ever actually thought about what you flush away? I know I don’t, it’s not really up there as a conversation starter is it? Unless it provides a funny little anecdote to tell the family, or to embarrass the offspring with when they bring their partner round to meet you “remember that time you tried to flush your teddy/car/doll/mum/ brand new iphone6/your sister down the toilet that time………” Bet we would when faced with the cost of fixing any damage from said flushing activities though wouldn’t we.
Now do you know what one of the main causes of blocked pipes is? To find out United Utilities conducted a survey to get a better idea of what people flush and help save us all some money and drama’s. Obviously Superman getting stuck in the U-bend fighting off crime isn’t an everyday occurrence, although 17% of people have experienced the fun of fishing out toys from the porcelain throne. Nice! Can’t say Olivia ever actually done that but it sounds like something my 2 year old nephew would find hilarious! But that isn’t the main issue United Utilities face.
The main problem is wipes. Baby Wipes to be exact. I’m still a good old 2ply kind of girl and don’t use wet wipes or baby wipes in the bathroom. Baby wipes to clean all over my house with, yes indeed, but not when I go the toilet. But more and more people are these days. Sales are on the up, over £500 million, and these days you can get wipes to clean literally everything! I use them for all kinds and not just baby wipes too. As of writing this post I have baby wipes, obvs, window wipes, dettol surface wipes, screen wipes and glasses wipes for my specs. They are seriously super convenient but how exactly are you supposed to dispose of them?
Out of 1000 people who took part in the survey over a quarter of them said they flush baby wipes and over a third do this more than once a week! Yikes! The thing is even though they say they are flushable, the wipes don’t actually break down like regular toilet paper and can snag on pipes. When you think of everything that gets flushed or rinsed down our drains eg, bits of food, grease etc that has the potential to cause a big old problem and not just to the pipes but the environment too. Last year alone the amount of baby wipes found on beaches rose by 50%.
Another factor is the cost. Did you know water companies aren’t responsible for fixing blockages caused under your property? That’s right, you are and the average cost to fix this is around £99. I remember this happening when I was younger. 4 kids, one toilet, and a really peed off (no pun intended) mother who got major telling off from her landlord oops!
United Utilities have put together a little downloadable pack on their site to help get to grips with what you should and shouldn’t be flushing. All aimed at making sure only the 3 P’s are flushed down your toilet from now on. That will be Pee, Poo and Paper. Simply click this link → Think Before You Flush for more helpful tips and facts like the fact that 1 in 10 Liverpudlians have flushed their food and pretended to have eaten it?!!??! Gross, just wrong on so many levels people.
Whilst you are there why not enter United Utilities competition. You can find it in the downloadable pack by clicking the link above ↑