World Toilet Day (Nov 19th) is no joke – according to the United Nations, “Worldwide, 4.5 billion people live without ‘safely managed sanitation’ and around 892 million people practise open defecation.” In partnership with local water company Entemanser the Adeje council have issued a short video and reminders of what should and should not be flushed down the toilet. It’s a reminder that what gets flushed down can, if not appropriate, cause blockages, and environmental harm.
A poster of the toilet ‘dos and don’ts’ has been posted on the doors of all the schools in the borough. According to councillor for municipal services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, “with these actions we are raising public awareness, reminding people that you can’t simply throw anything you want down the toilet. An accumulation of tissues and towels can cause blockages in communal pipe systems and have a huge environmental impact. It is up to each one of us to see that our use of home sanitation systems doesn’t contribute to a deterioration in our environment”.
Every day sanitation workers report an increasing amount of materials in the sanitation network that are causing contamination and blockages. These include wet wipes and towels, cotton buds and other materials that should never be flushed down the toilet. The cost of clearing wet wipes and towels alone costs between 50-100 million euros in Europe annually.
It’s not just these products that harm the environment – vegetable oils and grease, medicines and cosmetics, paints, and many other products flushed away are harming the environment as well as your pipes. Did you know it is estimated that one litre of oil can contaminate up to 1,000 litres of water.
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