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‘5 gallon bucket’ worth of flushable wipes almost shut down sewer system in Arkansas town

Jun 23, 2022
https://wreg.com/news/mid-south/5-gallon-bucket-worth-of-flushable-wipes-almost-shut-down-sewer-system-in-arkansas-town/

KEISER, Ark. (WREG) — Enough flushable wipes to fill a five-gallon bucket almost shut down the entire sewer system in Keiser, Arkansas.

They clogged one of the town’s main sewer lines and it took workers days to unclog the line, which forced residents to cut down on water use and flush their toilets as little as possible.

A maintenance worker discovered the clog last Thursday but the town had to go through two different contractors to fix the problem, which wasn’t resolved until Monday.

Workers almost had to shut down the entire sewer system over the weekend but were thankfully able to install a bypass pump to keep things flowing until the main line could be cleared.

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