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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Flushable Wipes Precaution helps Prevent Sewer System Backups and Clogging During the Pandemic

BAY CITY, MI., MARCH 18, 2020 – Bay City Wastewater Department Director Shoron Cooper encourages the public to take precautions and not flush "flushable wipes" down their toilets. The recent demand for flushable wipes and sanitary products to help address concerns relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus) has led him to issue a release to inform the public on what not to flush and the proper way to dispose of these items.

 "Flushable wipes do not disintegrate in water," says Director Cooper, “we spend more than $50,000 annually cleaning the sewer system because of flushable wipes and items that clog the system and create sewer backups which cause damage to residents’ homes.”

The public is reminded to never flush the following items:

  • Personal hygiene and baby wipes - even items that say “flushable wipes” are not flushable
  • Tampons and sanitary products
  • Cigarettes
  • Medicine
  • Paper towels
  • Dental floss
  • Cleaning wipes and rags
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Cat litter
  • Condoms
  • Facial tissues
  • Cooking oil or food

The proper way to dispose of non-flushable items is to simply throw them away in the garbage. For more information, go to www.baycitymi.org/wastewater. 

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