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.
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.
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.
"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
"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
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