19 May 2016

Think Before You Flush | The #3PPromise


Going to the toilet should be quite easy, you sit and do your business, use toilet paper and then flush, but nowadays, with the amount of new products coming out, this isn't the case for some people. 

The dreaded wet wipes have come in and according to a new study by water company United Utilities, who are running their think before you flush campaign, it shows that baby wipes are the biggest culprit when it came to un-flushables. Check out their site which has a really nice downloadable pack specifically for us parents which includes some activities and posters.

I was actually shocked to read that over a quarter of people (1,000 people surveyed) admitted to flushing wipes down the loo, that's an awful lot of wipes going down the drain. And not just going down the drain, they stick together, the block pipes, they snag on pipes and, even if they say they're flushable, they don't break down like toilet paper does.

This is becoming a problem as water companies spend millions of pounds each year trying to unblock public drains. United Utilities tackles around 25,000 blockages, costing around £10 million, each year. But what if they're not public drains?


We have a big problem with a neighbour a bit further down the street, flushing wipes. At least once a year, the drain will block, and just to make things worse for us, the outlet is underneath our house, this is where it blocks all the time. And because it's our house, we have responsibility to unblock it, costing over £100 a time. 

According to research by United Utilities, over one in ten people have had to call out a plumber because of flushing the wrong things down the loo. It's disgusting, why should I have to pay for someone else being irresponsible. But there is nothing we can do. I have explained enough times, that this certain neighbour shouldn't flush wipes, but it goes in one ear and out the other. 

All these issues can be avoided by binning wipes rather than flushing them. We should only be flushing the three Ps – pee, poo and toilet paper.

I mean, there has been the odd time that one of the kids thought it funny to chuck a toy car down there and even the cardboard middle of the loo roll, but as a responsible person, I pick these out and place them in the bin rather than trying to flush them. 

Hopefully, the Think Before You Flush campaign will help more people agree to the #3PPromise and to people will stop flushing those pesky wipes!

10 comments:

  1. Im always aware of what i should/shouldnt flush x as i think about the eniviroment alot x

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  2. My OH used to flush wipes down the toilet until I told him of the consequences.

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  3. After having a blocked drain, I am really aware of what can be flushed and what cannot. Luckily my father in law managed to clear the blockage and I did not have to pay a big bill. Tracy Waldock Newton

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  4. Ahh! We had a blocked drain last year due to my girls putting wet wipes down the toilet...Our Water board came and cleared it. Once for free if it happens again we pay. I think my girls have learned their lesson.

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  5. oh dear I have always flushed my wipes but I wont anymore, thanks x

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  6. my problem is; if a wipe has just been used for a smelly number two... what should we do? create more waste by bagging and binning or risk germ warfare and just drop it in the kitchen bin? I never liked them as a child when the fist came to market but use them like crazy now a parent. Until I saw this news from the utilities company I had no idea wipes shouldn't be flushed.

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  7. Oh, I sympathise. I had the main sewer access for our row of houses in my back garden. Not nice when there is a problem! Apparently, there is a product that you can use to moisten toilet paper instead of using baby wipes and flushable tissues but I don't know what it is called or where to buy it.

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  8. It is confusing these days what you can flush and can't flush The companies who produce them should make them ALL flushable

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  9. Thanks
    I do try to leave only flushable product in the bathroom
    Get rather expensive when you have to keep ringing a plumber

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  10. Thanks
    I do try to leave only flushable product in the bathroom
    Get rather expensive when you have to keep ringing a plumber

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