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Keep wipes out of your pipes-

 Consumer Reports notes that companies currently advertise their wipes with terms like "safe for sewers and septic," or promise that the product will "break up like toilet paper." But this is simply not the case. No matter what the packaging says, just because it CAN be flushed doesn't mean it SHOULD be flushed.

A lot of headache for a little convenience

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We're hooked on the convenience of these pre-moistened squares that are boldly labeled “flushable”.  A lot of them end up down the toilet, and they flush just fine -- but the cloth-like products don't disintegrate the way toilet paper does. That's where it starts to cost local utilities and you money. 

Follow the Money

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City sewer systems around the United States are reporting expensive repair and maintenance issues resulting from flushed wipes, according to the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. 

For Example:

  •  In the past five years the Orange County (Calif.) Sanitation District has spent $2.4 million on new equipment, and more than $300,000 in one year to unclog pumps. 
  •  Columbus (Ga.) Water Works has spent $550,000 in two years on new equipment and $250,000 per year on additional operating/maintenance costs. 
  •  The city of Vancouver, Wash., has paid more than $650,000 in five years for new pumps and equipment, and spends more than $100,000 each year on extra maintenance and electricity. 

Did you know...?

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Wet Wipes Box Says Flush. New York’s Sewer System Says Don’t

 "​Some of the products are branded "flushable"- a characterization contested  by wastewater officials and plaintiffs bringing class- action lawsuits against wipes manufacturers for upending their plumbing."   By MATT FLEGENHEIMER  NEW YORK TIMES  MARCH 13, 2015
 

Huge Blobs of Fat and Trash Are Filling the World’s Sewers

 

 "First, someone might pour molten turkey fat down a drain. A few blocks away, someone else might flush a wet wipe down a toilet. When the two meet in a dank sewer pipe, a baby fatberg is born."     By Erika Engelhaupt 

National Geographic   August 16,2017

Why "Flushable" Wipes shouldn't be flushed

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