Think Green and Where to Throw
Jerusalemites are pitching in to protect the environment – help us reduce sewer blockages
In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the use of moist cloth and paper wipes. Flushing these wipes down the toilet causes ecological damage as well as damage to the municipal sewage system and the sewage treatment system.
Wipes in the sewage system form large masses in the various pipes that turn into huge obstructions hindering the flow of sewage, causing blockages and damage to the general sewer system.
For example, in 2018 about 2,300 tons of wipes were removed from the three Jerusalem treatment facilities. These are processes that damage the entire system and cost millions of shekels. The quantity of wipes in sewers and treatment facilities has been significantly increasing over the years, and it appears that over the past decade the amount has increased by more than 50%.
Damage to treatment facilities has increases tenfold on rainy days and on peak days, when there is an increased flow of sewage in the sewage pipes. The tremendous flow collects the masses of wipes stuck in the pipes and leads them into the sewage treatment facilities. The degree of damage is currently ten times greater, and workers in the treatment facilities work around the clock in order to successfully deal with the various hazards in the most professional way.
In 2018, approximately 60% of Jerusalem sewage pipe blockages and bursts were caused by wipes.
Watch an imaginary information video that illustrates the magnitude of the damage. To watch – click here.
The treated water (effluent water) is returned to nature in several ways
- Irrigation of Jerusalem’s municipal gardens – this water can be identified by the purple lines
- Watering date orchards throughout the Jordan Valley. In the future, some of the effluent water is planned to be used for watering Palestinian date orchards in the area
- Agricultural irrigation in the area of the Mateh Yehuda Regional Council