'Flushable' wipes causing sewer problems

'Flushable' wipes causing sewer problems

'Flushable' wipes causing sewer problems

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 7:24 AM

PORTLAND -- A new spate of products deemed "flushable" has hit the market, but utility companies say the products are getting tangled up in sewers.

Wipes that promise to make potty training easier or give adults a more thorough cleaning are not actually flushable, according to the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services.

Other products, like disposable household scrubbers and "pop-off" toilet wands, are also marketed as flushable. But officials say they don't break down as quickly as toilet paper.

Water officials in Tigard and Portland confirm the products, especially the wipes, are getting stuck to pipes and clogging up local sewer systems.

Clean Water Services crews pull 200 five-gallon buckets full of wipes from Washington County sewers every month, said spokeswoman Elysia Teragli.

BES has created a video (below) demonstrating what can happen when the wrong items make their way into the sewer system. Officials say only human waste and toilet paper should go into toilets.

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