World Toilet Day might be over... but every day could be sewer blockage day!

You probably already know...

That it takes 10 to12 litres of water to flush a toilet... That we use an average of 57 sheets of toilet paper a day... And that the average person spends 3 whole years of their life sitting on the toilet...

But did you know...

In Gauteng, Joburg Water currently experiences approximately 3500 sewer blockages monthly throughout the 10 000km of sewer network that it operates and maintains.

Clearly, with the ageing infrastructure of our cities, it is going to become increasingly important that we treat our city sewer systems with care - that we don't flush just anything to dispose of it...

To guide you in the decisions you make, here's a reminder of #Whatyoushouldneverflush:

Fats and oils: Although these go down the sink easily when heated, they cool in the sewer system and cause blockages

Hair: Human hair won't break down and tends to ball up and continue to grow!

Food Wastes: Apple cores and chicken bones and various other food wastes are a big source of clogged pipes.

Cigarette butts: Use an ashtray to make sure your butts are thoroughly put out and then throw them in the garbage.

Treat these items in the same way - by throwing them in the rubbish bin: Sand, metals, wood, straw or grass, plastics, toys, glass, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins and tampons.

While some of these items listed by Joburg Water in a recent campaign may seem unlikely, we found this infographic suggesting exactly the same thing...

City of Tshwane Water and Sanitation Department have taken a different, but equally as pertinent, approach to protecting the integrity of ageing sewer systems. To educate their residents they produced this graphic and posted it on their website -


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