More people at home means problems for Alexander City sewer system

May 1, 2020


With more people staying at home, the city’s sewer system has seen issues caused by mistreatment of household items.

Flushable wipes are convenient but they are not as described. While pre-packaged wipes advertise they are safe to be disposed via flushing the toilet, Alexander City sewer inspector Doug Jones said they create nothing but issues after the user disposes of them.

“They clog up the sewer system,” Jones said. “Unlike toilet paper, they don’t deteriorate. When they get caught up on the smallest thing, they hang up everything else creating a blockage.”


Jones said toilet paper starts to deteriorate the moment it comes into contact with water but the wipes are causing damage across Alexander City’s more than 150 miles of sewer lines.

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