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Your flushable wipes could be costing Nashville millions of dollars

May 22, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — People using flushable wipes could be costing the city of Nashville millions of dollars.

Metro Water Services Director Scott Potter told council members this week they need a brand-new facility partly because of what flushable wipes are doing to the current system.

While toilet paper is designed to disintegrate in our pipes and sewage systems, flushable wipes are not. They’re typically made with synthetic materials, plastics or polyester, that won't break down, according to Green America.

Crews have been using power tools to try and solve the problem.

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