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Toilet roll shortage: Can you flush kitchen roll down the toilet?

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The coronavirus outbreak sparked a spell of panic-buying across the UK earlier this month, and toilet roll was one of the items people struggled to get hold of. But if you run out of toilet roll, it is really important not to flush other items down the toilet.

In recent weeks, shops have seen a significant reduction in the number of some items on the shelves.

Among pasta, eggs and cleaning products, toilet roll has surprisingly become one of the items most in demand during this outbreak.

As the UK is being told to stay at home due to COVID-19, many have stockpiled goods like toilet paper in fear of not being able to get hold of any in the future.

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But the Government has advised people to stop panic-buying, as there are plenty of supplies for everyone during the coronavirus outbreak.

Some supermarkets have now introduced limits on how much toilet roll people can buy, in order to make it fair for everyone.

There is enough toilet roll to go round for the foreseeable future, as there is no issue with supply in this area.

But if for some reason in the coming weeks you find yourself running low on toilet paper, it’s really important not to flush other items down the toilet.

Matt Rimmer, Thames Water’s head of waste networks, said: “We’re carefully planning how we can continue to provide an essential public service and while we encourage everyone to practice good hygiene to protect against COVID-19, wet wipes and kitchen roll can be hugely damaging to our sewers and our customers can really help us by not flushing them down the toilet.

“This will reduce the number of blockages and the risk of flooding to homes, businesses and the environment during what is likely to be a difficult time for many people.

“Fatbergs grow slowly so it’s hard to say if coronavirus has had an impact on our sewers at this stage but, as always, we’d urge everyone to only flush the 3Ps – pee, poo and paper – to help avoid problems in the future.”

Thames Water spends on average £18 million every year on clearing blockages from its sewers.

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