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PSA From The Middlesex County Utilities Authority: Wipes Clog Pipes!
Many do not think what happens after they flush the toilet. Wipes labeled flushable are used for numerous purposes such as changing diapers, personal hygiene, house cleaning and especially disinfecting during the COVID-19 pandemic, however these wipes cause major problems to wastewater treatment facilities, particularly to the Middlesex County Utilities Authority located in Sayreville, NJ.
Wipes do not break down in the wastewater collection system, as toilet paper does, leading to clogged wastewater pipes and equipment. Contrary to flushable labels on packaging, wipes are not dispersible within the collection system and associated appurtenances. According to the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, flushable wipes cost United States utilities up to $1 billion annually. Wastewater treatment plants suffer when blockages occur and eventually cost utilities major operation and maintenance expenses.