Christiansburg asking people to stop flushing flushable wipes

Apr 1, 2020

CHRISTIANSBURG, VA. – Fans of flushable wipes may reconsider using them after seeing this picture.

The town of Christiansburg posted a picture Monday of the flushable wipes that have been caught during a recent cleaning at its wastewater treatment facility.

The town said that its bar screen is cleaned out twice a day, so the picture shows how many wipes were captured in just 12 hours.

What the picture shows are only the wipes that were caught, as many more were processed before the system was overloaded, according to the post.

Wipes can clog the town’s sewer system but can also cause harm to people’s pipes. While they may be labeled as “flushable” the post explains that they stay durable through plumbing and sewer systems.

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