City workers say flushable wipes are clogging local sewer plant

By: Ian Smith


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COLLEGE STATION, Texas--Chances are, when you flush your toilet in College Station, what you flush ends up at the Carter Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.  

It is here that machines filter out what shouldn't have been flushed in the first place. 

"Rags, one time I think we found a piece of lumber. We're still scratching our heads on how that got here," said Jennifer Nations, the water resource coordinator for College Station. 

Right now, flushable wipes are the big problem the facility faces. 

"They can clog our infrastructure here and then it really costs a lot of money for us to come out after hours," said Nations. 

She also says "flushable" is a relative term and flushable wipes arent' organic material that can disperse. 

"The very simple answer is no wipes in pipes and remember the three p': pee, poop, toilet paper," she said. 

If you stray from the formula, she says you could see clogs at your own home and you should be especially careful if you have a septic tank. 


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