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Don’t flush your wipes, even ‘flushable’ ones can clog pipes, officials say

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Don't Flush Your Wipes!

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — The Covid 19 crisis is having an unintended consequence on the local sewer system and Victor Valley residents are being asked to stop flushing wipes or anything else that is not toilet paper.

As the news of toilet paper shortages continues, the Victor Valley Waste Water Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) has seen an increase in the number of wipes, napkins, and rags in the sewer system, officials said.

“Wipes are among the leading causes of sewer system backups. This is a good time to re-emphasize that there is no such thing as “flushable” wipes. “Flushable” or disinfecting wipes do not break down like toilet paper and they will clog sewer interceptors, pipes, and pumps,” stated a company news release.

The California Water Board is advising “Flushing wipes, paper towels and similar products down toilets will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.”

“During an inspection of our interceptors on Monday, March 16th, we saw an increased number of wipes, napkins, rags and other debris in the system. Victor Valley residents are being asked to stop flushing wipes or anything else that is not toilet paper. If wipes are used, they should be thrown in the trash, not down the toilet,” stated VVWRA officials.

When in doubt, residents are asked to remember the 3 P’s. Only flush pee, poop and toilet paper. Anything else should go in a trash receptacle.

VVWRA is dedicated to protecting public health and the environment through effective and fiscally responsible wastewater treatment.

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