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  • Don’t flush ’em – Disposable wipes can clog pipes

    Oct 07, 2013 | Read More News
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    Disposable wipes and moist towelettes might be handy for cleaning up germy surfaces, but they can sure cause big messes if they are flushed down the drain. none

    Some wipes manufacturers indicate on the product’s packaging that the wipes are biodegradable and flushable.

    For those concerned about the environment, flushing sounds like a safe and convenient way to dispose of them.

    Unfortunately, disposable wipes are rarely, if ever, biodegradable in the sanitary sewer system. They just aren’t in there long enough to break down.

    As a result, they can cause clogs and equipment failure in lift stations throughout the community where mechanical pumps help deliver sewage to the treatment plants.

    Additionally, if too many wipes accumulate in the sewer system, they can block sewer pipes, which can lead to the overflow of raw sewage into streets, buildings and the environment.

    It could even cause sewage to back up into your home. Think about how many wipes it would take to clean that up!

    It’s best all around just to discard them in the trash. In fact, when disposable wipes make it through the sewer system to a wastewater treatment facility, they are removed at the front end of the treatment plant and are taken to a landfill anyway.

    For more information about Pima County’s water reclamation efforts, please visit http://www.pima.gov/wwm/.