Stop Flushing Baby Wipes Down The Toilet: Officials Sound A Warning After Huge Clog In A Sewer Was Caused By "Flushable" Wipes
What do you do after using baby wipes? Most likely, you throw them in the toilet, press on the button and see it flushed away immediately! It seems like a problem is solved and the mess is cleaned, but in fact you are making the problem worse.
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Charleston Water from South Caroline had to deal with a huge clog in the sewer caused by a mess of wipes! The divers had to go 80-90-feet deep into raw sewage to find the obstruction. The pictures are quite disgusting. This is what they have found down there.
Then we sent divers 80-90 feet deep into the wet well/raw sewage to search in complete darkness with their hands to find and identify the obstruction. As we expected, they came up with these large masses of wipes in their first two loads, with more to come. pic.twitter.com/XcmZXf9ECF— Charleston Water (@ChasWaterSystem) October 15, 2018
The environmental-minded organization urges people to be extra careful about what they flush down the toilet.
“They also found a baseball and a big piece of metal. Don't flush stuff like this. Joking of course, but you should only flush #1, #2, and toilet paper,” officials wrote on their Twitter page. Moreover, they let us see what the workers have to deal with. Diving into a well full of the black dirty water does not sound like a dream job!
Here’s a few pics from the final dives we completed this morning. A diver gets ready to enter the 80 ft. deep wet well, a look at the surface where he entered, and a refreshing bleach bath after a nice long swim. Glad to report that we've returned to normal operation today. pic.twitter.com/aCHCc2nghP— Charleston Water (@ChasWaterSystem) October 16, 2018
They ask people to be more environmently-conscious by showing the sad consequences of their ignorance.
Do the flushable wipes exist?
No! Even if the manufacturers claim they disintegrate, this is a huge lie. Baby wipes do not break down. They just stuck in the system and clog the pipes in no time.
Soon enough the problem may grow worse and turn into a sewer flooding. The wipes damage the environment and become a nightmare for the households.
Jonathan Walker, Director of Environmental Resources, runs our Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. His entire staff, our Wastewater Collections team, and our valued contractors deserve a big HIGH 5 for working around the clock for days to clear the wipes from our pumps! pic.twitter.com/jkZlS9TH0d— Charleston Water (@ChasWaterSystem) October 17, 2018
The message from Charleston Water seemed to be an effective measure to raise awareness among baby wipe users. Next time you use a baby wipe, throw it in the bin instead of flushing it down toilet.