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Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District wants you to stop flushing 'flushable' wipes

Posted at 12:25 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 12:26:03-04

CLEVELAND — The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is urging residents to stop flushing wipes down the toilet because they can clog sewer systems and harm your plumbing.

According to NEORSD, even wipes that are labeled “flushable” can wreak havoc on small water treatment facilities and also cause damage to your home’s plumbing.

“Flushable wipes are not truly flushable,” said Jim Bunsey, chief operating officer. “They might go down the drain, but they do not break up like regular toilet paper.”

NEORSD states that wipes that are flushed can bind together with fats, oils and grease and clog sewer systems. The wipes that do manage to make their way through the sewer system then have to be removed from the water treatment facility.

“Collectively, our three treatment plants treat more than 200 million gallons of wastewater every single day, but if wipes even make it to us, they are still trucked off to a landfill,” said Bunsey.

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