Texans Reminded Flushable Wipes Are Not Really Flushable And Shown The Consequences

Mar 19, 2020

ROCKWALL COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – You’ve seen the lines at big-box stores and grocers, fears over the new coronavirus has resulted in a shopping frenzy and caused a temporary toilet paper shortage. Now that shortage has caused a ripple effect — going all the way to city sewer systems.

With the insufficient supply of bathroom paper products more North Texans are buying flushable wipes, baby wipes and other self care paper products. The problem is the so-called flushable wipes and other products are causing problems in sanitary sewer systems.

Officials in Rockwall say they had to remove a massive clog from a lift station that pumps wastewater to a treatment plant. The blockage [partially shown in the picture above] was made up of about 80% flushable wipes combined with twigs, sticks, a plastic soda bottle, feminine hygiene products, and even a pair of underwear.
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