Hygiene and cleaning wipes are very popular and are used in many homes and businesses. Some of these wipes may even be labeled as ‘flushable’. But, don’t be fooled! Did you know they can get stuck in your plumbing, septic tank and municipal sewer lines, causing costly and damaging backups into your home or sewage spill into local waterways?
The problem with wipes is that they don’t break down or dissolve in water like toilet paper. As wipes travel through the pipes they can encounter existing clogs or roots and get hung up or stuck together.
Remember, wipes clog pipes! Nothing but human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. Wipes belong in the trashcan!
What can YOU do?
How you dispose of wipes in your home or business can have a great impact on the water quality of our local rivers, lakes and streams. Be the solution to water pollution by following these tips:
- Always throw cleaning, personal hygiene and baby wipes away in the trashcan. Never flush wipes or let them go down the drain.
- Remind your guests and visitors to throw wipes away.
- Buy wipes that have a warning/notice that remind the consumer to throw wipes in the trash.