Don't Flush Disposable Wipes - They Clog Sewers

DPW URGES RESIDENTS TO DISPOSE OF DISINFECTANT WIPES IN THE TRASH TO HELP AVOID SEWER BACKUPS

Flushing cleaning wipes causes clogs and can lead to overflows in the wastewater collection system and even in your home!

The North Attleborough Department of Public Works Wastewater Division is asking residents to refrain from flushing disinfectant wipes – including those labeled “flushable” – and instead, to dispose of them in the trash.    Department staff are often called out after-hours to clear clogged pipes at pump stations to avert sewage overflows.

Whether your home or business is connected to the public sewer system or has an onsite wastewater treatment system, you should never flush any type of wipes, including baby wipes and those labeled flushable, down the toilet.  Instead, you should place these products in the trash for proper disposal.

In addition to causing clogs and wastewater collection system overflows, flushing wipes can also lead to sewer back-ups in basements and damage properties.  Although some of these products may be labeled as flushable, most wipes do not break down in sewer lines and pumping stations as toilet paper does. They can clog our sewer systems and cause pump station failures.  During a time when we’re washing our hands and wiping down surfaces more frequently, we can all do our part and help avoid sewer overflows by disposing of these wipes in the trash rather than flushing them away.

For more information about items that should not be flushed, visit the Water Environment Federation website at https://www.wef.org/resources/for-the-public/public-information/fact-sheets/ [wef.org] and watch the video: To Flush or Not to Flush.  Or go to their FAQ page to and click on It's a Toilet, Not a Trash Can! (on the left side of the page).