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‘Flushable’ wipes clog pipes

From page A9 | November 04, 2013 | 8 Comments

Toilet paper dissolves in a matter of seconds once it gets flushed. Sanitary wipes are a different story.

The truth is, sanitary wipes that are often labeled as “flushable” are anything but. Items like baby wipes, disinfectant cleaning wipes, sanitary hand wipes and the like contain oils and lotions and do not break down like toilet paper, no matter what the packaging says.

Sanitary wipes get caught in the system and can cause blockages or sewer overflows. Once they’re flushed down the toilet they can get caught on roots and grease and other debris inside the pipeline.

“Recently in El Dorado Hills we had a sewage spill that was found to be caused, in large part, by disposable wipes,” said Vickie Caulfield, EID wastewater operations manager.

Since any sewage spill is considered a violation of California regulations, they can result not only in extra maintenance costs, but fines, and potential disruptions in service as well.

“Flushing disposable wipes is a convenience that has the potential to result in costly maintenance or property damage,” said Caulfield. “Please put them in the trash instead. The only things that should be flushed down the toilet are urine, feces and toilet paper.”

Mary Lynn Carlton


Discussion | 8 comments

  • Just FlushablesNovember 01, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    On my sacred honor, Mary Lynn Carlton, only urine, feces, and toilet paper.

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  • Just JuiceNovember 01, 2013 - 4:11 pm

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  • freemasonNovember 04, 2013 - 6:20 am

    And remember the brick goes in the tank not the bowl.

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  • standing room onlyNovember 04, 2013 - 7:01 am

    men's urinal

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  • peanutsNovember 04, 2013 - 7:29 am

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  • cookie65November 04, 2013 - 7:07 am

    Another unintended consequence of the theoretician regulators from the left. It isn't just the treehuggers either. It is algore's low flow toilets that you have to flush twice to save water and the slope regulations on sewage pipes is only half of what it should be. This has been an ever increasing problem in many metropolitan areas for quite some time. Bureaucrats who are completely ignorant of the laws of physics. Lets have even more government to solve the problems caused by too much government.

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  • TerryNovember 04, 2013 - 8:47 am

    Mary Lynn u may be in El Dorado Hills but as u can see by the comments most of El Dorado County can't even fathom what u r talking about. They all feel like third graders again cause this is just sooooooooo funny to them!

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 04, 2013 - 8:54 am

    It is not funny to me--we are on septic up here in Pollock--anyone that visits the woods for the first time gets a lecture on what goes in the toilet. I rented a place once that hadnt cleaned out the septic in ten years--so it came inside through the never forgets that. In Sac--they bill you for damage that the "wipes" can cause coming from your house--to their main pipes...just saying.

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