Shocking pictures show drains and sewers heavily blocked due to a toilet paper shortage.
The images from Australia give a disgusting insight into the consequences of using alternatives to toilet paper as the mass loo roll shortage continues.
Supermarkets across Australia have run out of toilet roll as shoppers panic buy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Coliban Water say waste water spills of up to 20,000 litres have been caused by people using tissues, wet wipes and paper towels instead of toilet rolls.
These alternatives will cause and ‘extensive and expensive clean-up’, the water company added.
Manager of Customer Operations Steve Dunlop said: “We know they all look flushable, but the reality is, not all paper is created equally.
“Most of these products are designed to absorb water, not break down. They block the system and cost customers as well as Coliban Water money.
“Only the three Ps can be flushed; pee, poo and toilet paper.”
Coliban Water said they experienced a blockage in the system, which spilled into the Bendigo Creek at Long Gully.
The most common symptoms of the coronavirus are:
- a dry, persistent cough
- a fever
If you experience these symptoms, you should immediately self-isolate yourself for seven days.
It is not necessary to call NHS 111 unless your symptoms get more severe.
Some patients have reported fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath and aches and pains. Sneezing is not a symptom of the coronavirus.
The blockage removed was a combination of paper towel and wet wipes. It caused 20,000 litres of waste water to be spilled into the creek, requiring extensive clean up and cost.
“We can’t emphasise enough the consequences of sewer spills to both the environment and the community,” Dunlop added.
“The cost to Coliban Water to remove blockages and clean up spills is a cost to all of us.
“Foreign objects can also block plumbing on your own property, costing you money, time and inconvenience of repair and clean up.”
The company estimated the consequence of sewer spills will cost around $1.4million of customer money every year.
Australian supermarkets, including Coles and Woolworths, have introduced special shopping hours for the elderly and vulnerable as empty shelves have forced companies to limit the purchase of certain products.
The elderly and vulnerable will be able to shop between 7am-8am, before the stores open to the general public.
UK supermarkets have also introduced new measures – including limits on the number of items people can buy.
Tesco has introduced a five-item limit on a number of items including pasta, anti-bacterial wipes, gels and sprays, and long-life milk until further notice.