As if the pandemic wasn’t bad enough, state and local utility providers are urging Australians not to flush anything but human waste and toilet paper down the drain after a dramatic surge in festy sewer blockages.

SA Water yesterday urged South Australians to avoid flushing anything but the “Three Ps” — that is, pee, poo, and (toilet) paper — lest residents unwittingly clog sewers and make life that much worse for everyone.

The pronouncement comes as shoppers continue to clear supermarket shelves of toilet paper, fearing extended periods cooped up at home due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The utility provider shared a fun picture of excess gunk shucked from a waste treatment plant, giving punters a good idea of how undesirable material can accumulate.

Treat your toilet right and avoid the temptation of the toilet paper alternatives. ???? Flushing anything but the three…

Posted by SA Water on Saturday, 28 March 2020

They are not the only ones. Observe this heaving mass, dredged from the sewers in Cairns, QLD:

The message is simple. Only pee, poo and paper should be flushed down the toilet. This is what happens if you don’t….

Posted by Cairns Regional Council on Tuesday, 24 March 2020

The situation is just as dicey further south. Cop this indescribable wall of horror, as presented by the tough nuts at TasWater:

A massive influx of wipes and paper towel are being noticed at our sewage treatment plants state-wide. ????????We understand…

Posted by TasWater on Wednesday, 25 March 2020

And, just for fun, come to your own conclusions about how this scrap of carpet (!) wound up in Tasmania’s waste treatment system:

????You are all going to be shocked at this find…Carpet found in the infrastructure in Miandetta, Devonport.

Posted by TasWater on Friday, 27 March 2020

It’s not all fun and games and shit.

Speaking to ABC News, Scott Moorhead of Townsville Water said the region usually drops about $2 million each year to clear such blockages. Demand for blockage-clearing services is currently much higher than average, he said.

It’s a situation you really, really, want to avoid, according to SA Water’s Anna Jackson.

“Chokes can occur in our mains or your internal plumbing, and more often than not result in everything in the pipe breaking out into the environment or unfortunately coming back up through your toilet or drain, requiring a plumber or one of our crews to clean up the mess,” she said earlier this month.

Consumers have been assured by supermarkets and manufacturers that there’s enough TP for everyone, if we handle this situation with a bit of calm.

All in all, please don’t go overboard with the loo roll. Someone out there might be thinking about putting carpet where carpet should never go.

Please don't flush wipes, paper towels or facial tissues down the toilet.They can't break down like toilet paper and can cause a sewer spill.If you need to use them put them in the bin instead.

Posted by Western Water on Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Image: Cairns Regional Council / Facebook