REPORT: Widespread flushing of toilet paper ‘alternatives’ causing major problems [PHOTO]
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An unintended consequence of toilet paper hoarding during the COVID-19 era has area wastewater treatment plant workers bracing for possible blockages and overflows.
Because of early runs and now scarcity of the paper product, some have resorted to problematic alternatives. Paper towels, facial tissues — even scraps of clothing — are being flushed into sewer systems designed to accommodate quick-disintegrating toilet paper.
The article goes on to state the following:
Add those items to the increased volume of disinfectant cleaning sheets for sinks, counters and hands, and so-called “flushable” moistened wipes for babies and adults who are either sensitive or lack toilet paper, and the ingredients for epic clogs and blowouts are at hand.
Officials are warning that the convenience wipes should be placed in the trash – not in the toilets.
Earl Bunks, manager of the Union Public Service District in Cross Lanes, explained, “It says on the baby wipe packages that the wipes are flushable. They’re really not. Some of the low-flow toilets in use now can’t handle them, and the wipes that make it into the system can’t make it through the treatment plants. You don’t see toilet paper at the plant. It’s already dissolved by then.”
The Charleston Gazette-Mail shared a photo of a 6-foot-square, 2-foot-deep stainless steel box at the entrance to Charleston’s Patrick Street Pump Station, completely clogged with wipes flushed into Charleston Sanitary Board sewer lines.
Paper towels, facial tissues — even scraps of clothing — are being flushed into sewer systems designed to accommodate quick-disintegrating toilet paper. Only flush toilet paper. — @rsteelhammer reportshttps://t.co/pCTPfSwTmD
— Gazette-Mail (@wvgazettemail) March 27, 2020
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