Narromine Sewer System not coping: What to flush

A congested and blocked pipe at one of Narromines pump stations. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
A congested and blocked pipe at one of Narromines pump stations. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

The Narromine Shire Council is reminding residents to be mindful of what to flush down the toilet as the sewerage system is blocking.

Today the council issued a statement reminding residents not to flush wipes, paper towels or facial tissues down the toilet as they are not designed for the sewerage system and is currently causing a number of issues in the Narromine shire.

Narromine Shire Council general manager Jane Redden said paper towels, tissues and wipes don't disintegrate the same way as toilet paper, and can get stuck in the pipes or cause 'fatbergs' to form in the pipes.

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She said this can lead to sewer spills in the home or in public spaces, like parks and waterways.

"Council have already had to unblock a number of mains in Narromine," Ms Redden said.

"The blockages are a threat to public health and the security of our sewage network. If the community continues to flush these items we will have major problems."

The council said they also recommend that residents avoid 'flushable' wipes as there is no current Australia Industry Standard that provides criteria to manufacturers on how to make them compatible with the sewer systems.

If you have an issue with sewer backing up or blockages please contact 6889 9999.