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Utilities Kingston asks Residents to Stop Flushing Wipes

April 23, 2013 -

Utilities Kingston is getting more calls about sewage back-ups associated with household wipes that clog plumbing. Wipes also obstruct wastewater treatment pipes and pumps, causing equipment failures and health and safety risks. They are appealing to the public to never flush wipes of any kind, even if the package says wipes are flushable.

"Over recent months, our crews have been called to an increasing number of homes to investigate sewage backing up into the basement and found that household members have flushed wipes and inadvertently clogged their pipes," says Kevin Riley, Director of Water and Wastewater Operations.

Wipes Go In The Garbage, Not The Toilet.

"Companies are marketing more wipes than ever before, including for household cleaning, personal and baby care, automotive and sanitation. Often these products are labeled as flushable. The problem is these wipes don't break down once flushed, obstructing pipes and clogging equipment."

He reminds customers that wastewater treatment equipment is designed for toilet paper and human waste only. Flushing anything else will cause problems in the home and within the wastewater treatment system.

Wipes are only some of the problem-causing items that wastewater treatment operators find obstructing pumps and equipment. Customers can protect their homes, wastewater treatment infrastructure and health & safety by knowing what not to flush or pour down the drain. To learn more, visit www.utilitieskingston.com/CanYouFlushIt

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer for Utilities Kingston at 613-546-4291, extension 3116.

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