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Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

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The wipes can collect into large balls because they don't break down like normal toilet paper. The wipes can collect into large balls because they don't break down like normal toilet paper.
"Well, they're flushable. I mean they will be flushed. They will go down the system. But once they are out of your house, they may not be your problem anymore, but they do become a problem for us," said Kasper. "Well, they're flushable. I mean they will be flushed. They will go down the system. But once they are out of your house, they may not be your problem anymore, but they do become a problem for us," said Kasper.
City of Tampa Wastewater Department City of Tampa Wastewater Department
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues.
But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.

Anthony Kasper is the Director of the Wastewater Department for the City of Tampa. Kapser is overseeing a project to install new filtration equipment at the wastewater plant that is designed to deal with the issue of flushable wipes.

"Well, they're flushable. I mean they will be flushed. They will go down the system. But once they are out of your house, they may not be your problem anymore, but they do become a problem for us," said Kasper.

The wipes can collect into large balls because they don't break down like normal toilet paper.

"We have removed balls of rags as big as a basketball or even larger," said Kasper.

Those big balls of wipes, or "rags" as they are referred to by Kasper have clogged 20 inch pipes in the city.

They also can collect in pumps, clogging the pumps and causing costly repairs.

Kasper says people will flush a lot of things, they shouldn't be putting into the sewer system.

"Well you really don't want to be flushing any kind of plastics, hard materials and you also don't want to be flushing any kind of grease.", said Kasper.

The grease can also clog the pipes in your home, slowly chocking them down like a clogged artery in your body.

Kasper recommends pouring grease into a container, letting it cool and then throwing it into the trash.

Kasper says people should think about what they put into their drains.

"You know if you're not really comfortable putting a mass of it through your plumbing, try not to send it through ours.", said Kasper.
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