There is no such thing as a “flushable wet wipe”, even if the packaging says it is.
Toilet wipes, baby wipes, make-up wipes and cleaning wipes should all be binned after use - even ones that say they are flushable.
Wipes are made from plastic, which means they don’t break down in water like toilet roll. Our toilets and sewer pipes are not designed for wipes. Even if the wipes aren’t in your toilet bowl, they might get stuck in the pipes near your home, or someone else’s.
Flushed wipes contribute to more than 80% of sewer blockages in the UK: it’s a huge issue.
Flushing the wrong things down the toilet cause huge problems inside customers’ homes, in our communities and our environment.
Wrongly flushed items, such as wet wipes, are a nightmare for everyone as they can cause all sorts of problems inside customers' homes, in the communities we live in and for the environment.
Northumbrian Water is working hard to raise awareness of these issues, so that you know about the problems wet wipes can cause.
When sewage can’t flow down the sewer pipes because of a blockage, it has to go somewhere else. This could be your street, garden or even back into your home through the toilet, or drains in your bath, sink and shower, flooding your bathroom and home.
Please tell your family, friend and neighbours to never flush wipes down the toilet.
We’d like to remind you, your family and your neighbours never to flush wipes down the toilet. Toilet wipes, baby wipes, make-up wipes and cleaning wipes should all be binned after use - even ones that say they are flushable on the packaging.
Blockages can cause misery for you, your neighbours, our customers and our colleagues.