Tue. May 17th, 2022

The Sydney Hills Hills district is home to more “suffocation” sewage than any other region in the city, prompting a new campaign urging residents not to flush objects such as. tissues, wet wipes and sanitary ware.

Baulkham Hills tops Sydney Water’s list as the suburb most responsible for soft waste, “suffocated” after recording 57 incidents in 12 months, closely followed by Castle Hill (41) and Blacktown (37).

Other wastewater offenders include Penrith (36), Frenches Forest (33) and Katoomba (29) in the Blue Mountains.

A Sydney Water employee performs a maintenance hole check for potential “suffocation” items. (Sydney Water Facebook)

A “choker” is any blockage in a sewage pipe that prevents it from disposing of sewage. Soft garbage spills can form when lumps of hard tissue – such as wet wipes – collect grease and grease deposits and restrict the flow of water leaving your home.

A full list of the 10 suburbs can be found below.

During 2020-2021, Sydney Water has spent more than $ 8.8 million on clearing nearly 13,000 “suffocations”, averaging a price of $ 684 per acre. Choking.

To combat this, Sydney Water has launched a new campaign entitled “It’s Best to Bin It”, which aims to educate residents about what they can – and must not – flush down the toilet.

“The reality is wet wipes, fats, oils and greases and other things like cotton swabs, tissues and sanitary ware are a major threat to our wastewater network,” said Sydney Water’s Customer Manager, Strategy and Commitment Maryanne Graham.

Sydney Water Worker Courtney showed some of the strange things flushed down in sinks and toilets. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Ms Graham says the biggest threat to sewage barriers is rinsing wet wipes, including those marketed as “rinsable”.

“About 75 per cent of wastewater barriers involve flushable wet wipes. The cost to Sydney Water of removing the 500 tonnes of flushed wet wipes from the sewage system is up to $ 8 million each year,” explains Mrs Graham.

“It’s about highlighting the simple things our customers can do to save on their own cleanup bills and protect the environment by remembering that it’s best to save it.”

Over the past three months, Sydney Water crews have responded to more than 7,000 faults in the wastewater network and found a plethora of flushed treasures, including jewelery, watches, money and earphones.

Pipes pulled up from the ground in a customer’s home last year revealed several wet wipes. (Delivered)

Top ten Sydney suburbs where soft waste boilers were recorded in 2020-21

Ranking

Suburb

Soft + dirt

1

Baulkham Hills

57

2

Castle Hill

41

3

Blacktown

37

4

Penrith

36

5

St Ives

34

6

Panania

33

7

Frenches Forrest

33

8

Springwood

30

9

Katoomba

29

10

Roselands

28

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