VILE: Blockage caused by wet wipes being removed from the system (CREDIT: Conil town hall)

A TOWN in southern Spain is calling on residents to stop flushing wet wipes down the toilet. 

Conil de la Frontera, in Cadiz, made the appeal after claiming 20 tonnes worth of blockages made by wet wipes were collected this summer.

In a statement, the town hall said it costs up to 80,000 each time an obstruction has to be cleared, money which could be much better spent elsewhere.

“Avoid this problem by making responsible use and proper disposal of wet wipes by throwing them in the rubbish, not in the toilet,” it said.

Wet wipes do not disintegrate like toilet paper, meaning they end up collecting in the sewage system.

They then accumulate with other waste discarded improperly in the toilet such as compresses, gauzes, cotton buds and more, causing large blockages which have to be removed by specialists.

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