A fatberg is a congealed lump in a sewer system formed by the combination of non-biodegradable solid matter such as wet wipes with grease or cooking fat. When you flush them, wet wipes turn nasty. Surprisingly the so called “fat bergs” that become lodged in UK sewers are only made up of 0.5% fats, but an astonishing 93% wet wipes.
A study last year by Water UK, the body representing the UK’s water and sewerage companies, found that wet wipes But there is growing concern about the environmental impact. The wipes are usually made of a fabric like cotton woven together with plastic resins such as polyester or polypropylene, which are are not biodegradable. “People get confused and don’t realise that you are not supposed to flush wet wipes down the toilet,” said Downer.
Water UK pointed out in its letter that: “In the UK alone, water companies spend approximately £88 million of our customer’s money clearing something like 360,000 blockages that occur annually in the sewerage network. It is estimated that perhaps half of these blockages are avoidable and are caused by the incorrect disposal of wet wipes and other hygiene products via the toilet.
Millions spent by the water industry each year on clearing blocked drains alone, ultimately adding costs to customers water bills, according to Water UK. Plus the costs that households have to pay to remove blockages at home.
Is there a solution? One option is to convince people to throw used wet wipes into a garbage bin. We don’t see it as a solution, because people don’t want dirty, smelly wet wipes to be inside home – it’s gross. Bidets and smart toilets with washlets are an option, but these are too expensive for majority of people. Third option is to use toilet tissue together with moisturizing gel to get the same clean and fresh result. On the plus side, it can be adopted widely as it can be used with regular toilet paper and doesn’t require customer to purchase a new, expensive toilet system. SATU laboratory gel is available in Amazon UK and US.