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