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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday July 25 2018 13 News Wet wipes put pressure on sewer pump stations WHAT DO cigarette butts, syringes, wet wipes and condoms have in common? They are all blocking your toilet. The district council spent about $50,000 last year, unclogging 269 blockages at sewer pump stations. A district council spokesman said there have been 234 blockages so far this year and more than half of the blockages have been caused by wet wipes. He said the most blockages in the past couple of years have occurred in Leeston and Prebbleton. The district council is advising residents to limit what they flush down the toilet to the three ps – pee, poo and (toilet) paper. District council assets manager Murray Washington says in spite of its name and description flushable wet wipes don’t break down in the system and cause frequent blockages. “While we understand wet wipes have become popular we want the public to throw them out instead of flushing them. “Flushing the wipes causes a lot of damage to our systems, as they are not biodegradable.” Other items which have been found in sewer systems in the district include latex products such as gloves and condoms, feminine hygiene CLOGGED: A pump found to be blocked with a T-shirt in Selwyn. products, paper towels, napkins, tissues, nursing pads, cloth, clothing and rags, fats, grease and oil, sticky plasters, dressings, cotton balls, cotton buds, dental floss, hair, plastic wrappers, cigarette butts and syringes. These items don’t break down or dissolve in water and can cause major blockages in pumps and within the sewer network itself. Mr Washington said most sewer pipes are only 10–20 cm in diameter and aren’t designed to carry the range of products which have been found clogging the systems. You bring the dream, we’ll bring the How To. With Canterbury experiencing a hot summer after the wettest winter on record, our weather has certainly been extreme. However, brave Cantabrians, with verandas and adjustable louvres from Stratco on our side, we can take back control of our unpredictable elements. Steve Cain, Outdoor Product Specialist at Stratco, is passionate about their verandas and electronic louvre systems “they add great value to a home, families get so much more use from their outdoors, and the real estate market recognises that value as well”. Steve says adding an adjustable louvre system allows you to control exactly how much sunlight and breeze in, and protect from rain as well. Custom made to suit your requirements and powder coated to any colour, the louvre comes standard with an electronic remote control as well as a rain sensor which gives you huge flexibility on how to use the system. The verandas are Stratco’s own unique leading edge design and componentry. Steve is pleased to be able to offer a bespoke veranda at the same price as a standard product, because Stratco has the design tools that enable the veranda to be custom-designed to your size, layout, and attachment requirements. The process is simple: Steve will talk through the possibilities with you and then measure and quote, which is free with no obligation. Stratco then designs, manufactures, and installs the verandas and louvres themselves. It’s a one-stop-shop, with all the project management and heavy lifting taken care of, leaving you hands free to thumb your nose at our climate chaos. For a quote phone Steve Cain on 021 374 420. ADVERTORIAL OPPORTUNITY: Selwyn Youth Council members Katelyn Twiss (left) and Michelle Bruce presented at the Local Government New Zealand conference last week. They spoke about the youth council’s Selwyn Link project. The theme of this year’s conference, which was held in and around Christ’s College, was on future-proofing for a prosperous and vibrant country.