Coronavirus Latest: Philadelphia Water Department Seeing Flood Of Sanitary Wipes At Water Pollution Control Plants, Pumping Stations

Apr 15, 2020

The Philadelphia Water Department has a message for residents — stop flushing sanitizing wipes! The department says it is seeing a flood of sanitary wipes at the city’s three Water Pollution Control Plants and 19 pumping stations.

The water department says by continuing to flush sanitizing wipes down the toilet, it increases the potential for clogged wipes and damaged infrastructure.

“We strongly recommend against flushing anything but toilet paper. Even wipes sold as ‘flushable’ often don’t have the science to back up that claim, so it’s a pricey gamble,” Philadelphia Water Department Commissioner Randy Hayman said. “If you use wipes for your hands or anything else, please toss them in the trash and dispose of them like you would other household waste. It may seem like a small thing, but it can have a big impact at a time when we need everyone to work together.”

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