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Stop flushing 'flushable' wipes, water reclamation district says

Apr 1, 2020
https://news3lv.com/news/local/stop-flushing-flushable-wipes-water-reclamation-district-asks

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The last thing anyone needs during the current health crisis is stopped-up sewage drains but the Clark County Water Reclamation District is worried that the increased demand for personal wipes might cause just that.

Lots of people are buying baby wipes, personal wipes, and other forms of wipes, some of which advertise themselves as "flushable." However, all of these wipes are made of materials such as plastic and cotton, meaning that they don't dissolve in water.

The result, according to Reclamation District General Manager Tom Minwegen, is an increased risk of stopped-up sewage systems.

“We know personal wipes are popular and effective, but please throw them in the trash,” said General Manager Tom Minwegen. "Simply put, wipes clog pipes"

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