March 19, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DEPARTMENT OF SEWERAGE WARNS RESIDENTS NOT TO FLUSH DISINFECTANT WIPES OR PAPER TOWELS INTO THE SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM
Keeping sewer systems up and running is crucial during the COVID-19 outbreak. People should not flush disinfectant wipes and/or paper towels down toilets. These materials clog drains, back up sewers and cause overflows and stoppages.
The problem with these materials has risen significantly because of increased use during this current COVID-19 outbreak. Wipes have long been a serious problem because the collection system depends on gravity flow and are not designed to deal with paper towels or wipes, even when labeled as “flushable”. These items do not break down like toilet paper.