City Officials: Don't flush 'flushable' wipes

Mar 27, 2020

Disposable wipes - both for disinfecting and for use in place of toilet paper - are helping the public combat the spread of germs and shortage of toilet paper amid the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic, but city works directors in Hardin County warn that flushing those items down the toilet could cause big problems.

Disinfecting and "flushable" wipes are not the same thing as toilet paper. Flushing them can cause blockages and damage in sanitary sewer systems.


Twice last week - on Wednesday and again on Friday - the Alden Public Works Department had to disassemble the city's lift station pumps to remove blockages caused by wipes.

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