'Flushable' wipes aren't really so, experts say

Jan 11, 2019


BEND, Ore. - Something many of you probably use and find to be a big convenience is actually causing big, expensive problems. It's something that often ends up being flushed down the drain, but as it turns out, that's really not a good idea.

So-called “flushable" wipes may be out of sight, but they aren't really flushable -- if that means without harm once they leave your house -- and can cost the city and homeowners big money.

Nearly 7 million gallons of wastewater flow through the Bend sewage treatment plant a day -- and every day, 1,000 pounds a of debris is taken out, all of which should never have been flushed.

"Countertop wipes, Clorox wipes, baby wipes, dental floss -- anything that doesn't devolve should not be flushed,”Orrin Libolt, the city of Bend collections systems supervisor, said Monday.

The biggest culprits are the products labeled as and believed to be flushable. 

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