‘Flushable’ wipes wreak havoc on sewer system

July 26, 2022

Question: What’s the No. 1 thing we can all do to prevent backups and other problems in the City’s wastewater system? Answer: Stop flushing “flushable wipes,” fats, oils, and grease.

“There are only two things that should be flushed down the toilet: human waste and toilet paper,” Water Utilities Director Terry Lauritsen said. “Things like fats, oils, grease, and products that say ‘flushable,’ such as wipes, baby wipes, and feminine products — they all end up coming up somewhere for someone to deal with later, whether through a backup in the system or at the wastewater treatment plant.”

Other items that end up at the plant include dental floss, hair, cotton balls, and Q-tips, he said.

“These items belong in the trash, not the toilet.”

For more information about “what not to flush,” see www.cityofbartlesville.org.

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