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.