Wet wipes blamed for stinky sewer smell in Jackson

Dec 17, 2019


JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — The three words that best describe the malodorous conditions yesterday in east Jackson are as follows, and we quote: “Stink, stank, stunk.”

With all respect to Mr. Grinch, who was found not responsible, the septic smell experienced by many in the heart of Jackson was found to be a blockage in the municipal sewer system blamed on flushable wipes.

Public Works crews reported the blockage, caused by wet wipes, cleared itself sometime between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17. When the blockage cleared itself, there was a surge in flow that caused stagnant sewer gases to flow up and out of manholes. The result? Jackson stank. Or is it stunk?

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