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“Wet wipe” worries.

July 24, 2015

If you are the people who pay the SA Water bill, don’t bother to read on. You’ve probably been alerted already to the problems caused by that innocent little piece of tissue…the wet wipe.

While SA Water has to contend with all sorts of unusual items in its sewage plants …read false teeth and car tyres(!)… it’s those pesky “wet wipes” which cause the most trouble.

Apparently those moist cloths often used for personal hygiene are NOT designed to be flushed away. While toilet paper breaks down in about 30 seconds, wipes are much stronger and don’t disintegrate easily. As well as the costs involved in removing them from the sewerage system they can damage your plumbing and cause environmental issues, such as overflows to creeks, beaches and waterways.

So, gentle reader. Don’t try to flush them away. Place them in the bin.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Cr Bob Schnell permalink
    July 27, 2015 7:09 am

    SA Water needs to get to the bottom of why there has been an increased use of wipes.
    There’s nothing wrong with using super soft 5-ply toilet tissue.
    Moist wipes are bad for the environment and should be discouraged.

    I’ve done a blog on my childhood days on the backyard dunny.
    For a good read, visit Bob’s Blog


  2. Ian S permalink
    July 27, 2015 10:51 am

    I can understand using them to get the encrusted faeces from young children’s posteriors, especially children that haven’t mastered toilet training yet. Maybe there is something the manufacturers of these wipes can do to address the disposal or breakdown issue.

    Toilet paper is designed to break down to mush within around 30 minutes.

    An interesting note, only Cottonelle/Scott and Sorbent are manufactured in Australia, in Millicent and Melbourne respectively. The others are either fully imported (i.e. Tork) or wound here from Chinese tissue paper (i.e. Quilton).

    Oh, and Bob, none of the Australian pine or eucalyptus plantations are used to make toilet tissue. All pulp is imported into Australia with the Australian materials going to either structural timber, plywood, particle board or into making cartons (via Orora or Visy).


    • Brenda permalink
      July 28, 2015 8:10 am

      Ian, you seem to know your bottom wipes. Good to learn what is made here vs. imported.
      I will avoid those from China.
      Are you sure that our made in Oz toilet paper is not made from Aussie grown pulp? I am sure that I can smell pine in the paper.


      • Ian S permalink
        July 30, 2015 9:35 am


        All pulp for tissue (not cardboard) is imported in solid bales from NZ, Bazil, USA and Canada. Tissue is primarily made from a blend of pine (long fibre) and Eucalyptus (short fibre). The blend and the binder chemicals varies and is proprietary to the individual companies. Security at any of the tissue or paper plants is very tight to protect the IP of each of these companies.

        An interesting video to watch is:


  3. Fung-Hui Wong permalink
    July 28, 2015 11:02 am

    bottom moist wipes very bad for the environment.
    All must boycott buying these goods. Send a message to the manufacturer.
    Not happy to hear of this problem. Very bad.


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