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Public Advised to NOT Flush Disinfecting Wipes, Paper Towels down Toilet – Throw Them Away instead

State’s Wastewater Treatment Plants May get Overwhelmed, Consumers may face In-home Plumbing backups and Blockages

  1. Post Date:03/19/2020 10:00 AM

  2. Don't forget, wipes clog pipes!While public agencies encourage Californians to follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations to clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is important to discard those items in the trash, not the toilet. Wastewater treatment facilities around the state are reporting issues with their sewer management collection systems. Flushing wipes and paper towels will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.Do not flush wipes, paper towels and similar products down toiletsEven wipes labeled “flushable” will clog pipes and interfere with sewage collection and treatmentDiscard wipes in the toilet, but instead to throw them in the trash to avoid backups and overflow.A majority of centralized sewage collection systems depend on gravity and enough water flow to move along human waste and biodegrable toilet paper. The systems were not designed for individual nylon wipes and paper towels. The wipes and paper towels do not break down like toilet paper, and therefore clog systems very quickly. Wipes are among the leading causes of sewer system backups, impacting sewer system and treatment plant pumps and treatment systems. Many spills go to our lakes, rivers, and oceans where they have broad ranging impacts on public-health and the environment. Preventing sewer spills is important, especially during this COVID-19 emergency, for the protection of public health and the environment.

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