“Flushable” or “disposable” toilet wipes are becoming a nuisance for sewer systems across the country. While personal wipes may seem more thorough than bathroom tissue, the cloth-like material does not decompose as it travels from your home or business to wastewater treatment facilities. Along the way, wipes can clog lines and block screens that filter solids traveling into the wastewater treatment process.
Personal wipes are creating an extra level of maintenance underneath streets and at facilities that can be avoided. DWM is currently investing more than $50 million at the R.M. Clayton Water Reclamation Center to replace the first line of wastewater treatment, the headworks. The Department encourages residents to NOT flush personal wipes, but place them in the trash after use.