Glendale asks public not to flush 'flushable' wipes, which clog wastewater system


They may say "flushable" but wipes that end up in the wastewater system can cause some major cleanup problems for city of Glendale crews.

The city shared photos (above) of the clogs created by so-called flushable wipes Tuesday on social media and in a news release.

These types of clogs are caused by flushing wipes and other materials down the toilet. City workers are seeing more bathroom wipes, disinfecting wipes, paper towels, napkins, diapers and personal hygiene products being flushed. The problem has gotten worse as some residents worry about the shortage of toilet paper due to the coronaviurs situation and are forced to use the aforementioned materials other than toilet paper in the bathroom. But when that material ends up  in the wastewater system, it can cause major blockages which can cost thousands of dollars to clean.

If using non-toilet paper materials to wipe, throw it away after use rather than flushing it. This simple step will help keep Glendale's entire wastewater system flowing smoothly, saving taxpayer dollars.