Wastewater blockage in the North West region

Published on Thursday, 16 April 2020 at 9:20:38 AM

The Water Corporation would like to advise the community to play their part in minimising wastewater blockage in the North West region.

Residents are urged only to flush the 3P's – pee, poo and (toilet) paper. Items such as wet wipes, paper kitchen towel and sanitary products should be disposed of in a bin, as these materials do not break down in wastewater pipes and can cause blockages.

Water Corporation North West Regional Manager, Sharon Broad, said crews had stepped up their planned maintenance to clear potential blockages before they happen. Still, the community needed to do its bit.

"Across Western Australia, our crews are on-the-ground ensuring our essential water and wastewater services continue to be provided to our 1.3 million customers," Mrs Broad said.

"If a blockage occurs in Water Corporation's wastewater network, then our crews have the unenviable job of clearing these blockages. Over the past five years, we've spent nearly $20.4 million clearing blockages from wastewater systems across the State."

"I'm asking the community to do their bit to ensure our crews are only being called out to essential work, and not to clear blockages caused by incorrect things such as wet wipes, paper towels and newspaper."

Blockages can also occur in the internal plumbing of a home, and householders are then responsible for any plumbing repair costs.

To report a fault with the wastewater system, phone Water Corporation's 24-hour Faults, Emergencies and Security line on 13 13 75.

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