Think At The Sink

Avoid blocked pipes and costly plumbing repairs at your place. Only flush the three Ps (pee, poo, paper) and be mindful of what you put down the drain.

Putting the wrong things down your sink, drain and toilet can block and erode your pipes. This can cause sewage overflows in your home. Overflows are extremely damaging to property, a major inconvenience and expensive to repair. Putting the wrong things down the sink, drain or toilet also impacts our sewerage network.

It causes blockages and overflows at our sewage treatment plants which increases the cost of clearing and disposal.

Please do not put these nasties down the sink, drain or toilet:

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Fats, oils or grease (from the kitchen or car)
  • Needles
  • Cotton buds
  • Prescription medication
  • Solvents, paint and turpentine
  • Chemicals, herbicides and pesticides
  • Plastics including food wrappers and apple stickers
  • Contraceptive devices like condoms
  • Food scraps including egg shells, bones and cooked rice
  • Dairy products
  • Coffee grounds
  • Paper towel
  • Nappies
  • Feminine hygiene products like tampons or sanitary pads.

All of the items above should be placed in the bin, not the sewerage system. 
 

Don’t confuse your toilet for a rubbish bin. Don’t block it, bin it!

Managing food waste in your kitchen:

  • Scrape food scraps into the rubbish bin before washing dishes
  • Use a sink strainer to prevent food scraps from going down the drain
  • Pour cooking oil and fats into a jar, seal and dispose of in the rubbish bin
  • Use paper towel to soak up residual cooking oil in pots and pans before washing them.

Other Links

If you think you have a blocked pipe: http://unitywater.com/Blocked-sewers

Managing food waste in commercial kitchens http://www.unitywater.com.au/bin-it

    Saving Tips
  • Kitchen Tip #2

    Save water by purchasing a water-efficient dishwasher and make sure the dishwasher is full before use. Water-efficient dishwashers save up to 18 litres per cycle compared to non-water-efficient dishwashers.