Nine out of ten ‘flushable wipes’ do not break down in the sewer
Research carried out on behalf of water companies showed that the vast majority of the wipes failed to break down in conditions that imitated the UK’s drainage system (pictured). … read more
Has our drinking water changed? Where has the limescale gone?
The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts. For decades I’ve had to remove limescale deposits from our kettle, but recently I’ve noticed this is no longer necessary. Has the treatment of drinking water changed? And if … read more
No ‘flushable’ wet wipes tested so far pass water industry tests
They say wet wipes don’t break down and so cause sewage blockages which cost millions to put right. … read more
Flushable wet wipes ‘causing sewer blockages’
Wet wipes sold as “flushable” are failing the water industry’s disintegration test, the BBC finds. … read more