‘Flushable’ Wipes Causing Backups In Sacramento’s Sewer System

Nov 8, 2018

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — An effort to keep clean in the bathroom is causing problems down the drain. So-called “flushable” wipes are backing up Sacramento’s sewer system. It’s a problem Sacramento area sewer district workers are seeing more often

Crews used to clean underground pumping stations once a month, but now they do it every one to two weeks. In Elk Grove, the pumping station was cleaned just six days ago and a mass of wipes is already accumulating.

“I see a lot of rags that have started to bind together and just create a giant clog,” said Rosemary Clark with the Sacramento Area Sewer District.

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