While many people are having a difficult time finding and purchasing toilet paper, it is causing an existing problem to become an even bigger one. Despite what packaging says, flushable wipes are in fact not flushable. Only the three P’s belong in the toilet: pee, poo, and (toilet) paper. All other items should be properly disposed in the trash.
You may be asking yourself, why is this such a big deal? We operate the Southwest’s largest wastewater treatment plant so it’s really important our infrastructure remains up and running smoothly during this healthcare emergency. In our wastewater treatment system, anything that is not the three P’s will clog our pumps and lift stations that help transport wastewater to the treatment plant. It is a messy job for our staff to clean up.
Next time you go to flush, remember that there is no such thing as a flushable wipe and remember to only flush the three P’s: pee, poo, and (toilet) paper.