Fatberg crisis: SA Water releases new song teaching Aussies how to use toilet

SA Water has launched a campaign to teach Aussies about how to avoid fatbergs by not flushing certain items down the toilet. Source: Getty

From the age of two or three children are taught how and when to use the toilet but it seems some think Aussies need a refresher on what to do when they visit the loo with a new jingle created to help people understand what not to flush after you do your business.

SA Water has launched a new campaign and song advising Australians of the harmful effects of fatbergs that build up when foreign items such as wet wipes, condoms, tampons, pads and wrappers go down the toilet.

The catchy jingle details the three “P’s” – paper, pee or poo – that are allowed to be flushed and don’t cause blockage in the pipes which is becoming a big problem throughout the southern state.

It is only around 15 seconds long but the tune has the ability to get stuck in your head as it hones in on the message that apparently everyone needs a lesson on how to use the toilet.

What goes in the loo

Paper, pee or poo

Your loo will thank you

And our sewers too

If it ain’t the three P’s

Put it in the bin please

And remember, just paper, pee or poo

Speaking about the growing issue of fatbergs on Adelaide’s FiveAA radio station, SA Water’s General Manager of Customers, Strategy and Innovation, Anna Jackson explained tree roots sometimes make their way into the sewerage system and when products other than the three P’s are flushed it can wreak havoc.

“Toilet paper’s designed to break down, wet wipes, this is a controversial one, not designed to break down and tampons and sanitary pads, not designed to break down,” she said.

“In fact, some of them have got a bit of plastic… so they will land up hard against tree roots and form a clog and you can imagine what happens then, you start getting back up behind that clog, you don’t want it coming out of your house, that’s what we’re trying to avoid.”

Jackson added: “It’s incredibly important in terms of not treating it like a bin. A third of the world’s population not even having access to a toilet, I really think we need to appreciate our toilets.”

While many may believe they know what they’re doing when they head to the bathroom this may not be the case Jackson revealing SA is paying about $400,000 a year to remove fatbergs from the system.

Read more: Court rules against ACCC claims Kleenex flushable wipes are blocking drains

However, there has been some debate in recently over the flushing of wet wipes in particular. Last month Australia’s consumer watchdog lost its case against Kimberly-Clark Australia after the Federal Court dismissed claims the global company misled consumers by saying its wipes were suitable for flushing.

Australia’s consumer watchdog has lost its case against Kimberly-Clark Australia after the Federal Court dismissed claims the global company misled consumers by saying its wipes were suitable for flushing.

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The ACCC argued that by labelling the range, which has since been discontinued, as flushable, Kimberly-Clark had misled consumers about the suitability of its wipes to be flushed down the toilet, adding the wipes did not disintegrate like toilet paper when flushed and contributed to drain blockages.

“We argued that Kimberly-Clark’s wipes did not break apart quickly once flushed and therefore should not have been considered ‘flushable’,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said in a statement.

The court, however, said there was no sufficient evidence to show that Kimberly-Clark’s Kleenex Cottonelle wipes had caused blockages in sewerage systems across the country.

What do you think of the jingle? Do you think it will help to stop people from flushing other items down the loo?

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