Flushable Wipes Trend Causing Sewer System Strain

by Karl Utermohlen | July 17, 2013 1:51 pm

Several types of disinfecting wipes have been clogging up sewer systems all over the country — that’s because despite the fact these products are advertised as flushable, they are not.

The last few years have seen this trend grow throughout the nation, according to a USA Today report[1].

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies has issued a statement saying that these wipes can go down the toilet, but they form clusters once they reach the sewer.

Cottonelle and Charmin — made by Kimberly-Clark (KMB[2]) and Procter & Gamble (PG[3]), respectively — are among the companies claiming that their products can be flushed down the toilet, where they’re supposed to disintegrate. Before releasing these wipes to the public, they perform a series of tests to ensure that these products break down properly.

Although these companies believe that these products are designed for flushing, NACWA is trying to get rid of the label on these products that reads “flushable,” and replace them with a “Do Not Flush” label.

Endnotes:
  1. according to a USA Today report: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/16/wipes-pollution/2522919/
  2. KMB: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KMB
  3. PG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PG

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