WJLA'Flushable' wipes aren't so pipe friendly and can cost homeowners up to $40,000 in damages
As disinfectant wet wipes and toilet paper are being sold at a record pace, some areas are suffering shortages. Companies like Costco are limiting how many you can buy at a time.
WSSC water is very concerned that more of these wipes will now end up being flushed down the toilet and that is a big no-no.
It is already a huge problem here in DC that could become even more severe during this coronavirus scare.
Most wipes, even the ones that claim to be flushable, do not break down in the pipes that run from your home toilets to sewer plants and waste water pumping stations.
Nationally, the problem costs utilities up to a $1 billion per year and it could cost homeowners up to $40,000 in damages.
In recent years, the DC council has even attempted to pass laws that would ban manufacturers from advertising these products as "flushable."
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