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Posted on: August 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] EPA asks Public Not to Flush Wipes

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As a reminder, the EPA issued a public appeal to avoid flushing disinfecting wipes or similar items, particularly during this time of heightened awareness of contamination risks. The press release notes, “Preventable toilet and sewer backups can pose a threat to human health and present an extra challenge to our water utilities and their workforce. Flushing anything other than toilet paper, including disinfecting wipes, can damage internal plumbing, local sewer systems and septic systems. Fixing these backups is costly and takes time and resources away from ensuring that wastewater management systems are otherwise working properly.”

Refer to the attached photo on additional items that should not be flushed in order to prevent home plumbing issues, and to help keep the public wastewater system running as efficiently as possible.

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