"Flushable" wipes are not as harmless as they seem

Jan 21, 2020


LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Sometimes there's a job that toilet paper just can't handle, so people reach for the next best thing: those "flushable wipes."

But that problem solver is creating an even bigger problem for the City of Laredo, and in the long run the community. The City is flushing money down the toilet because of this "lap of luxury."

"Flushable wipes" seem harmless to the average consumer, but that's not exactly the case.

"I think this past year I've already called the plumbers four or five times and every time it’s 450 bucks,” said Jesus Martinez.

Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee Member and property owner Jesus Martinez has a hole in his pocket too big to be clogged up by the wipes that got him there.

So he's taking matters into his own hands with a little disclaimer for his tenants.

"On the wall right in front of the commode, ‘please do not flush wipes.’”

Martinez isn't the only one seeing a problem with these toilet paper alternatives, but also the City of Laredo Utilities Department.

"The ‘flushable wipes,’ they say flushable because they flush down the toilet but doesn't flush out,” said Angel Leon. “It stays down there and it takes us a lot of work and a lot of money just to clean the sewer pipes because of that."

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