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Disposable wipes causing big problems in county sewer systems

ESCAMBIA COUNTY  --  Disposable wipes of all kinds are gaining popularity.

But they are proving to be an environmental problem.
ECUA has responded to a number of sanitary sewer overflows as a result of people flushing the wipes.

Many wipes like these are being marketed as 'flushable' which just simply means they will go down the toilet.  But the real problem comes after the wipe disappears from your view. 

Disposable wipes 'do not' disintegrate quickly in water like toilet paper.
Jim Roberts- Emerald Coast Utilities Authority
"A lot of the major brands are saying that they are flushable but they are not. And what happens is they are causing  major problems -- across the county".

This is 'pipe video' from a recent sanitary sewer overflow that happened earlier this week on Pensacola Blvd.
These disposable wipes stay largely intact as they travel through the ECUA sewer system and can easily get caught on other debris, increasing the risk of clogs in your pipes and sanitary sewer overflows in your home or in the street.

Jim Roberts- Emerald Coast Utilities Authority
"What we would like people to do is recognize the fact that the less we have to go out to fix these clogs, the lower your rates will be maintained "

Disposable wipes are an even greater threat to your home's sewer pipe, because they are much smaller than the pipes out in the streets.