Oh, crap: wet wipes causing damage to sewer, septic systems
For many, using a wet wipe is a fast and easy way to get clean; however, plumbers say clearing clogged sewers and drains can often cost thousands of dollars. The issue is so bad in Utah, legislators are considering a new campaign to educate the public on the issue.
At the Central Davis Wastewater Treatment Facility in Kaysville, Utah, flushed wet wipes get caught here. That is, if they don’t get clogged in a pipe first.
“There have been numerous times that we have found pumps that have been plugged up with wet wipes,” said Jill S. Jones of the Central Davis Sewer District.
Two weeks ago, this wad of waste was pulled out from a pump station in Farmington. The price to fix it? $10,000.
The cost goes way up when the clog doesn’t even make it to a city pipe.