Think-at-the-sink

Avoid blocked pipes and costly plumbing repairs at your place.  

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.

Don’t confuse your toilet for a rubbish bin.

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

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
  • Bathroom Tip #2

    Use a bucket to catch water while the shower warms up. You can then reuse this water on your garden. If it takes 30 seconds for your shower to warm up, you could collect up to 10 litres of water for your garden.