Our water sources: WA's wastewater system (video transcript)

After you've used your water, it enters one of the 16, 693 kilometres of wastewater pipes which we maintain and operate. It is then pumped to one of our wastewater treatment plants. This is a transcript of our animated video, 'WA's wastewater system' which explains how it works.

[Background music]

[Voiceover]: Each day, we take away 450 million litres of wastewater from your homes.

This used water travels through one of our 16,000 kilometres of wastewater pipes, which we maintain and operate.

Keeping our network of wastewater pipes and pumps clear and healthy is a large part of what we do.

But we only manage half of the wastewater system. The rest is located on your properties and everyone has a responsibility to make sure we don't let the wrong things enter the system.

Fats and cooking oils, kitchen scraps, cotton buds, hygiene products and wet wipes, even the ‘flushable’ kind, should go in the bin and NOT down the drain.

These things don’t break down like toilet paper, and can create what is known as a “fatberg” – a disgusting, congealed lump of fats, wipes, and other items, which can wreak havoc on our wastewater system.

Fight the dreaded fatberg by remembering to only put soap and water down the sink - and paper, pee and poo down the loo!

You can find out more about this on our website: watercorporation.com.au/wastewater