A plea from City of St James’s wastewater staff: Don’t flush disposable wipes or paper towels! Toilet paper is the only non-organic thing that should be flushed down the toilet!

Disposable wipes and towels have been causing problems in communities around the country and St James is no different.

Wipes — used for changing diapers, personal hygiene, housecleaning, and more — cause major problems when flushed down toilets. Though many of these products are labeled “flushable” or “septic safe,” they are anything but.

Because they don’t break down the way toilet paper does, disposable wipes and towels clog homeowner and municipal sewer pipes, put stress on community wastewater collection and treatment equipment, and cause cities to spend thousands on premature equipment repair and replacement.

Wipes and towels snag on any imperfection in sewer pipes, catch passing debris and grease, and create a “ball” that will grow to plug the pipe. They also get drawn into sewer-line and wastewater treatment plant pumps and clogs and damage them.
We are asking that if you do use wipes or towels to please put them in the trash.
Don’t flush them!

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Mark Anderson, City of St James Wastewater Superintendent