People in Bishopstone are being urged not to flush wet wipes down the toilets as they are causing problems with the sewage system. There have been a number of incidences in recent years, the most recent being May this year, when the sewer between the village and the pumping station at the bottom of Bishon Lane has become blocked.
According to Welsh Water, the blockages are caused by wet wipes and although often sold as “flushable” are responsible for 93 per cent of blockages in UK sewers.
Lab testing of wipes made by three of the UK’s biggest wet wipe producers – Kimberly Clark, Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Johnson & Johnson – showed they contained at least 30% plastics. As we become more aware of the damage to the environment caused by plastic, let’s try to reduce our use of single-use plastic such as wet wipes And if we have to use them, put them in the bin and not down the loo.