Toilet wipes clogging system at Hampton Roads wastewater treatment facility

Apr 10, 2020

Panic-buying toilet paper led to major shortages nationwide and in Hampton Roads.

Many people are turning to wipes and rags, but those materials are clogging the treatment systems at Hampton Roads Sanitation District facilities.

Toilets are built for the "three Ps"...

“Toilet paper, pee, and poop. That is essentially all that should go into the toilet,” said HRSD Communications Director Leila Rice.

But as stores struggle to stock toilet paper, Rice said wipes are clogging wastewater treatment plants.

“High volume of wipes, other non-flushable materials that came through, created a problem and there was some repair work that needed to be done,” Rice said.

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