Flushable wipes causing damage to sewer

Mar 20, 2020

ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Due to the COVID-19 concerns, all of the local Wastewater Treatment Facilities have seen an increase in wipes labeled “flushable” being flushed into their City’s sewer mains. 

Please be aware that wipes that are sold as “flushable” may, in fact, not be “flushable” and may not break down in the water. 

This can cause issues for both the City and the resident’s sewer pipes. 

Flushing of wipes causes residents and cities to spend tens of thousands of dollars on sewer stoppages as well as premature equipment repair and replacement.

Wipes snag on roots, pipe joints, and low spots in sewer pipes. 

The passing debris and grease then create a “ball” that will grow to eventually plug the pipe. 

Please remember that in most areas, the resident is responsible for the maintenance and repair charges from any stoppage in the lateral line from the house to the sewer main. 

If a wipe makes it into the City system, it can cause sewage back-ups, overflows, or damage pumps in sewage lift stations. 

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