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DPW WARNS: ‘WIPES CLOG PIPES’

Apr 17, 2020
https://home.army.mil/stewart/index.php/about/news/dpw-warns-wipes-clog-pipes

 The Department of Public Works wants to warn members of the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield community that - similar to fat, oil and grease  - baby wipes, makeup remover wipes, plastic bags, and other objects being flushed down toilets can cause clogged pipes and sewer lines and cause overflows.
 
These items often get stuck within the sewer system and restrict the flow until the system is blocked completely.
Any solid matter that is put down the toilet has the potential to cause blockages in the drainage system. Flushing foreign objects, such as baby wipes, makeup remover wipes, sanitary napkins, and other objects - even if they claim to be flushable - can be disastrous.
Clogged toilets can overflow into homes resulting in huge cleanup efforts and destruction of property. Similarly, if the blockages occur further downstream, blockages within the sanitary collection system can result in gallons of wastewater overflowing into parks, yards, streets, ditches, streams and other waterways and can back up into a larger number of homes. 
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