Flushable Wipes and the Sewer system
I just get so mad when I see commercials of cleaning wipes that just get flushed. What's wrong with a sponge and a rag for cleaning? Everything from Swiffer to flushable wipes is advertised.
There was an article in our paper last week about the city workers having to unclog plugged pipes in the city water treatment facility.
"Dechert and his colleagues said that disinfectant wipes or moist towelettes are by far the biggest problem because unlike toilet paper or paper towel that disintegrates, the thick wipes remain solid.
With thousands of those wipes clogging the system, the feminine hygiene products and some surprising household items---from toys to clothing--- just add to problem.
"The wipes, they don't break up at all. We can sometimes unravel them and still see the flower pattern on them and everything,"
People don't care what happens when they flush them down the toilet. Out of sight, out of mind.
Why wouldn't manufacturers do thorough testing to make sure they dissolve?