Aurora Water warns people not to flush flushable wipes
City says wipes are clogging sewer lines
Last Updated: 31 days ago
AURORA, Colo. - Aurora Water is warning customers: Don't flush "flushable" wipes because they are clogging the city's sewer system.
In the November "Water Wise" newsletter, the city urged residents to be careful about what they flush.
Master plumber Greg Crippen with Applewood Plumbing, Heating & Electric said clearing out so-called "flushable wipes" has been making him big money lately.
"I'm thinking of sending a thank you note to people making [flushable wipes]," he said with a laugh. "I'd say a couple of times a week, I find them clogging a line. They don't break down the way toilet paper does. They cling to anything that's going down the drain."
This summer, a video of the largest "Fatberg" ever documented in Britain grabbed global attention. It showed a 15-ton ball of congealed fat and wet wipes and the London water utility warned that other sewer systems would be dealing with similar monstrous pipe clogs.
But one manufacturer is defending its wipes. Kimberly Clark Corp., the makers of Cottonelle and four other wipes, has posted Youtube videos showing how they tested the disintegration.
The company said the real problem is people flushing baby wipes and other non-flushable products down the drain.
Crippen said he has matched the pattern of what he's pulled out of a clogged drain to the wipes on the toilet too many times to believe that.
"I'm not telling you stop using them," he said. "I'm recommending you don't flush them. Everybody likes to be clean and they're great, but they're not so great about going down the drain."
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