Public Asked to Stop Flushing “Flushable Wipes” as Sewer Backups Increase

Jun 25, 2021

A common bathroom product is continuing to cause havoc underground in the area. Public Works Superintendent for the Village of South Jacksonville John Green is asking the public to not dispose of flushable wipes when using the restroom.

Village of South Jacksonville crews were called out over the weekend to a report of a sewer back up in the vicinity of South West and Michigan Streets. Green says once crews began working on the issue, they discovered the line had been clogged by the wipes that are advertised as flushable.

Green says the wipes have caused issues with blocked sewer lines as their popularity has increased over the last several years. He says many wipes that are branded as “flushable” actually do not disintegrate as bath tissue does.

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