What not to flush: Wipes, paper towels among items clogging sewers

  • Article by: The Associated Press , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 23, 2013 - 10:10 AM

Wastewater officials across the country have been trying to spread the message that not just anything can go down the toilet, and they have recently taken aim at wipes.

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mmediaSep. 23, 13 9:27 AM

C'mon people get with the program! Here's the 2 possible trajectories: 1) alarmed by the cost and damage to municipal sewage plants, states hold hearings to ban the sale of wipes. The wipe industry campaigns against it while some reactionaries scream about their individual rights to purchase what they want being trampled. 2) rates are raised to cover the extra maintenance and need for more robust pumps and filters, reactionaries scream about government not living within its means.

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joemamaswSep. 23, 1310:51 AM

Wait a minute - this guy has a "test" toilet in his office? That would seriously cut down on the meetings in his office after lunch. And I am quite sure everyone would knock first before entry.

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jessy03Sep. 23, 1311:00 AM

Add dental floss to that list - have had that plug the toilet up twice - never again...

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dlzabzSep. 23, 1311:13 AM

Don't put rice down the garbage disposal, may as just cork up the main drain to your house.

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mouthwashSep. 23, 13 2:05 PM

It figures that sanitary wipes aren't really as biodegradable in the sewer as they are touted. What's more, they may not be as healthful as touted either -- the chemical concoctions contained therein, often going so far as claiming to be baby-friendly, can in fact be downright chafing even to an adult.

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jhb8426Sep. 23, 13 3:46 PM

My parents house had a cesspool. As such we would be severely reprimanded if anything more than TP went in the terlet. I taught my kids the same way.

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crowtrobotSep. 23, 13 4:12 PM

Are Gold Fish still ok?

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