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Wausau says: “No wipes in the pipes”

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City officials in Wausau say personal care wipes, rags and latex gloves are to blame for a sanitary sewer overflow in May, and residents are reminded to never flush such items in the future.

The sanitary sewer overflow happened May 15 in the 3100 block of Westhill Drive, when wastewater was coming out of a manhole and draining across the street.

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Officials say city wastewater staff frequently removes such products from sewer mains, valves and pumps, and often resorts to calling mechanics in after hours or overnight.

“It is a dirty, time consuming and expensive job,” the press release states. “More importantly, it can flood basements with raw wastewater creating additional mess and expense for the utility, our customers, you and your neighbors.”