Blocked sewage pipes in Gisborne due to Wet Wipes

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The Covid-19 alert level change has seen Gisborne’s sewerage system almost burst under the pressure of wet wipes.

Since Wednesday, there has been a 600 percent increase in blocked pipes across the local system.

The blockages had been caused by people flushing wet wipes down the toilet.

A city council expert in Gisborne said, “our system can only handle the three Ps – poos, pees and paper.”

Wet wipes are not allowed in New Zealand’s sewage treatment system and this is a reminded to not flush them down the toilet.

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