City of Abilene

Flushable Wipes - Not So Flushable

More and more, flushable wipes are becoming a staple
in bathrooms – especially among seniors and families with young children.
What they don’t realize is that flushing such a small product
can have enormous consequences.

wipesAlthough these wipes are designed to be biodegradable and break down when flushed, unfortunately that doesn’t happen fast enough. Many local residents have learned the hard way that they can clog their home’s toilets and plumbing. If they do exit your home’s plumbing and enter the city’s underground sewer system, they mix with household grease, creating large, immoveable clogs that can stop the flow of wastewater, clog up pipes, and cause sewers to back up into homes and overflow through manholes into the streets.

So far in 2016, there have been three major incidences involving flushable wipes in Abilene. The first, (see picture) produced 200 gallons of sewage that spewed out through a manhole. The second produced 800 gallons that again exited out a manhole and streamed down an alley, turned and went down two others. Although looking like a water leak, it came with a rank odor that one would expect from sewage. The third incident involved a private cleanout at a place of business. The clog was found in their service line that connects their building to the City sewer line. As a result, the business was responsible for the cleanout and significant expense.

To prevent these problems and Keep Abilene Flowing, throw wipes in the trash and refrain from disposing them down the toilet. For more information, visit keepabileneflowing.com.