Veolia North America is partnering with municipalities across the United States where it operates and maintains wastewater infrastructure to help teach and remind residents what can and cannot be flushed. This “No Wipes In The Pipes” message being amplified by national outlets such as The Hill, regional outlets such as The Providence Journal, industry media such as Smart Cities Dive, and a growing list of local media in communities from Massachusetts to Mississippi.
The ever-present issue has grown into an unexpected challenge of the coronavirus outbreak. As a large portion of the population stays home and steps up their hygiene, disinfectant wipes, paper towels, and other disposable cleaning materials are clogging wastewater infrastructure everywhere. Sewer lines and drains are being stressed by buildups of the used wipes and other materials discarded down toilets. If the buildups are allowed to block neighborhood sewer lines, sewage can back up into people’s homes causing costly repairs and cleanups.
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The Hill's Changing America: Disinfectant wipes and paper towels are becoming a big new coronavirus problem
Providence Journal: R.I. wastewater treatment plans’ scourge: 'flushable' wipes
Smart Cities Dive: No wipes in the pipes: Coronavirus cleaning leads to spike in sewer clogs
San Bernardino Sun: Coronavirus fallout: Toilet paper alternatives clogging toilets, sewers
Plymouth Patch: Public Advisory On Sewer Backup Prevention & Use Of Appropriate Products
WJTV: City of Jackson urging neighbors to keep sewer lines clear
Williamson Daily News: Williamson asks citizens to stop flushing sanitation wipes
Hudson Valley Post: Poughkeepsie Issues New Toilet Flushing Guidelines
Brentwood Press: Keeping the Discovery Bay pipes, parks clear