The New York City Sewer System Says Don’t Flush Wipes!

The New York Times put out an article today on the damage these so-called “flushable” wipes have caused the city. “The dank clusters, graying and impenetrable, gain mass like demon snowballs as they travel. Pumps clog. Gears falter. Then, there is the final blow, wrought by an intake of sewage that overwhelmed a portion of a north Brooklyn treatment plant.” – NYT

The most telling piece of evidence thus far is the $18 million dollar repair or replacement cost associated with faulty equipment due to the culprit wipes. According to the New York Times, “The volume of materials extracted from screening machines at the city’s wastewater treatment plants has more than doubled since 2008, an increase attributed largely to the wipes.”