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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Wipes, Paper Towels Causing Clogs; Could Lead to Sewer Line Backups

Wastewater pump clogged with wipes

City crews are experiencing an increase in clogged lines due to "flushable" wipes. Clogged lines from wipes and additional rubbish could cause sewer lines to back up in your house. 

While wipes are marketed as flushable, these are still not safe for the municipal waste water lines. The only safe thing to flush is toilet paper and human waste. 

COVID-19 is causing other problems associated to cleaning. Now that people are using more wipes for cleaning around the house, work, hands, babies and other things the City has seen a major increase in disposable and flushable wipes being disposed via the toilet. 90% of wipes say they are flushable they are not intended to be disposed in the municipal sewer system. They clog lines and damage lift station pumps. These pumps are used to transport wastewater to the municipal wastewater facility to clean the contaminated water. Clogged lines causes collection system to not work properly and back up.

City crews have had pumps damaged from  disposables and flushable wipes along with paper towels in collection system. Please do not flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. 

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