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Wipes Clog Pipes

Wipes Clog Pipes

Only Flush Toilet Paper

Never Flush Wipes, Paper Towels or Anything but Toilet Paper

  • Protect Your Home. Wipes cause costly, messy, unsanitary sewer clogs and spills.
  • Prevent Sewer Spills and Overflows. Wipes can clog pumps and pipes in the sewer system and treatment plant.
  • Protect the Environment. Microfibers shed off of wipes that are flushed and can make their way into the environment.
  • Disrupt Treatment Plants. Masses of wipes, floss, and other non-flushable materials can damage treatment plants.

Why Only Toilet Paper Should Be Flushed

A mound of blackened wipes, about the size of a human torso, pulled from sewage and laying on the floor.
Sanitary worker poses next to equipment drawn from sewage that has blackened wipes clumped and hanging off of it.

TV News Story on Keeping Wipes Out of Pipes!

It has great visuals, including a photo showing one of our staff members with a clogged pump, crews unclogging sewer pipes with a Vactor truck, and a quick water test showing how durable disinfecting wipes are.

A Brief Video on only flushing toilet paper from Sanitation Agencies of Marin County.

Additional Resources:

Many of the disinfecting wipes and paper towels people are using for Coronavirus cleaning are getting flushed, causing costly and unsanitary sewer clogs and spills.

Colorful poster showing how wipes harm home plumbing, sewer systems, and the environment. (PDF).

State Water Board advises public to NOT flush wipes and towels and instead throw them in the trash (PDF).

EPA encourages Americas to only flush toilet paper not disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items that should be disposed of in the trash.

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