Metro Water says we have ourselves a problem. We're flushing something down the toilet that we shouldn't.
Even though the packages say it's ok to flush them (It's their name). It's flushable wipes.
Metro Waters says they don't break down like toilet paper. And they cause blockages in the system. So even though they have the word "flushable" in them, water workers say you should only flush toilet paper.
At pumping stations, Metro water equipment sorts out stuff that shouldn't move on to the treatment plant. So they end up picking out all those flush wipes before they clog the system and shut everything down.
In an interview with News 4, Sonia Allman with Metro Water Services said “Once a week, we’re taking an entire truckload of non-flushable to a landfill that has made their way into a sewer system. The wash-press actually compacted and pushed it out into a truck. That truck is emptied every week. Every week, we’re getting that amount of material that we’re taking to a landfill of things that should not be in the sources, and that is only at this facility alone.”
And get this, because the pipes to the pumping stations are 42" wide in diameter, they find all kids of crazy stuff: car bumpers and bowling balls! Bowling Balls?!! Who has toilets that big?