Flushed wipes create RGV water system problems

News Center 23

POSTED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 5:17pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 8:22am

They may have a friendly label that tells you it's okay to flush them down the toilet...but doing this tends to block or clog water pipes.

"The wipes are not able to break down as quickly as something like toilet paper. It can cause a clog in the pipes or it could kind of just affect the flow so that it's not flowing as quickly as it's supposed to."

"If the blockages continue because people keep flushing wipes, many places may have a sewage overflow, or even temporary water outage."

The improper disposal of these wipes won't directly affect the water we use on a daily basis to bathe or drink, but it could create blockage in pumps or pipes on the way to the wastewater management facility.

"We do want to recommend to customers to remember that whatever you put into the system, I mean, it ultimately has to wind up somewhere."

There is a way to prevent blockage crises from happening thought...all it takes is a little awareness.

"The toilet isn't the trash can. It has a specific purpose and we don't want to be using that for trash or debris that it's not really made for."

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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