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Popular Bathroom Wipes Blamed For Sewer Clogs Nationwide
CBS/AP ^ | September 23, 2013 8:05 AM

Posted on 09/23/2013 12:11:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies, which represents 300 wastewater agencies, says it has been hearing complaints about wipes from sewer systems big and small for about the past four years.

That roughly coincides with the ramped-up marketing of the “flushable cleansing cloths” as a cleaner, fresher option than dry toilet paper alone. A trade group says wipes are a $6 billion-a-year industry, with sales of consumer wipes increasing nearly 5 percent a year since 2007 and expected to grow at a rate of 6 percent annually for the next five years.

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Manufacturers insist wipes labeled flushable aren’t the problem, pointing instead to baby and other cleaning wipes marked as nonflushable that are often being used by adults.

“My team regularly goes sewer diving” to analyze what’s causing problems, said Trina McCormick, a senior manager at Kimberly-Clark Corp., maker of Cottonelle. “We’ve seen the majority, 90 percent in fact, are items that are not supposed to be flushed, like paper towels, feminine products or baby wipes.”

(Excerpt) Read more at losangeles.cbslocal.com ...


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1 posted on 09/23/2013 12:11:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

If they didn’t regulate the amount of water down to nearly nothing per flush, this might not be the problem that it is.


2 posted on 09/23/2013 12:12:39 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: BenLurkin

Sue the mfgrs’ butts, much like the gun sue-ers (sic).


3 posted on 09/23/2013 12:13:15 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: BenLurkin

If they are strong enough to be wet and not tear, then they are NOT made for flushing, no matter what they say.


4 posted on 09/23/2013 12:14:07 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: BenLurkin
My team regularly goes sewer diving

you know, my job ain't so bad after all......

5 posted on 09/23/2013 12:15:07 PM PDT by wbill
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To: BenLurkin

Mark Steyn was hilarious on this today on Rush. Wipezilla throwing the Tower of London over its shoulder.


6 posted on 09/23/2013 12:15:55 PM PDT by ricmc2175
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To: BenLurkin

Are these the ones that several NFL linemen are promoting (according to Rush)? “Defunk your Drawers”, “Clean your Crack” or something like that...


7 posted on 09/23/2013 12:16:07 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: BenLurkin
Prelude to banning them.

I know some folks with their heads in the sand who have no problem with gov't bans on guns, etc. But I bet they'll have a HUGE problem with the gov't banning their convenient little wet nappies.

8 posted on 09/23/2013 12:16:21 PM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: BenLurkin

This can’t be.
Hollyweird dictated that people only use one square.


9 posted on 09/23/2013 12:16:33 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: BenLurkin

The people doing this are from other countries and this is not a new issue.

They don’t have access to running water or what we think of as a toilet.

Additionally, they live in homes/apartments that are rented and think that the plumbing just gets magically fixed.

If they had to pay for the repairs they would learn in short order what goes in the toilet and what goes in the trash.

I’m reminded of a sign in a bathroom, in Puerto Aventura, Mexico:

“Do not put anything in this toilet that was eaten first!”


10 posted on 09/23/2013 12:16:51 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

They are a godsend for those of us with difficult to clean nether regions.


11 posted on 09/23/2013 12:17:26 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

wait... what??


12 posted on 09/23/2013 12:19:05 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: wbill
...sewer diving...

The very definition of a dirty job, especially inspections/repairs conducted while the system is operational. (Yes, this happens frequently.) You learn to jump out of the way when you hear certain sounds.

13 posted on 09/23/2013 12:19:16 PM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

If babies are the target, they are called baby wipes. If NFL linemen, then perhaps mud flaps would be a better term.

And if the sewers can’t handle them, I say make bigger sewers because the ladies in my family would never, ever give up using this essential equipment.


14 posted on 09/23/2013 12:21:35 PM PDT by HomeAtLast ( Get involved. Because you ARE involved.)
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To: BenLurkin

“Manufacturers insist wipes labeled flushable aren’t the problem,”

Oh yes they damned well are. They DO NOT break down like toilet tissue does.

I’ve been on countless calls to snake lines as big as 3 and 4 inches with these damned things blocking them. I have had to cut them off my snake with a sharp knife.

Something like this is NOT flushable I don’t care what it says on the package.

If you use them with a septic system, they will also destroy it in short order.

Low flow toilets make the likelihood of clogging greater but the lines will plug with a high flow toilet also.

You might as well be trying to flush flannel rags down the toilet.


15 posted on 09/23/2013 12:21:46 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: MrB

I got some 1950’s-era commodes with the new investment property. They are coming with me when I sell it. You can flush more-or-less anything down these puppies.


16 posted on 09/23/2013 12:21:51 PM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: libstripper

Like Dingy Harry’s and Pelosi’s mouth from being attached to der Furher.


17 posted on 09/23/2013 12:21:57 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: HomeAtLast

They don’t know about the 3 shells?


18 posted on 09/23/2013 12:23:38 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative

LOL....love Albert Brooks.


19 posted on 09/23/2013 12:24:31 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: Vendome

I’ve noticed in the last several years,people using paper towels as toilet paper.
This has lead to paper towels being thinner.


20 posted on 09/23/2013 12:25:26 PM PDT by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

“They don’t know about the 3 shells?”

That’s funny, right thar I tell yo.


21 posted on 09/23/2013 12:27:46 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: BenLurkin

Howard Stern has been using these for that for years now. You can blame him for any Long Island sewer clogs. Only girly men and retards use this crap. Unreal!


22 posted on 09/23/2013 12:28:23 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: BenLurkin

“My team regularly goes sewer diving” to analyze what’s causing problems, said Trina McCormick...

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If she and her team get tired of that job - they could always go into politics.


23 posted on 09/23/2013 12:30:53 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: headstamp 2

Been using them for 10 plus years and have never had a problem. It is all a matter of how much you use and how much bulk is there. (flush once for the bulk, twice for the remainder /Peter Griffin).

It’s really pretty simple... if it’s going to easily plug the toilet, you’re trying to flush too much at once.


24 posted on 09/23/2013 12:31:01 PM PDT by jurroppi1
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To: BenLurkin

I tried them once. Made me feel like I wasn’t quite ...done . Ended up having ti finish up with dry toilet paper.


25 posted on 09/23/2013 12:31:20 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: headstamp 2

A plumber arguing against wet wipes and grease is like a chicken supporting Col. Saunders.


26 posted on 09/23/2013 12:32:16 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: libstripper
They are indeed. My personal hygiene favorite?

 

 

Still the best.

27 posted on 09/23/2013 12:34:35 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m sure they wouldn’t want to go that low on the respectibility ladder.


28 posted on 09/23/2013 12:36:02 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: headstamp 2
You might as well be trying to flush flannel rags down the toilet.

You say that like it is a bad thing.

29 posted on 09/23/2013 12:36:34 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: markoman

So they use them twice? /s


30 posted on 09/23/2013 12:37:00 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Why not go for the pure stuff?!


31 posted on 09/23/2013 12:37:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: libstripper
They are a godsend for those of us with difficult to clean nether regions.

I'm gonna have to do some google research to figure this out.

32 posted on 09/23/2013 12:37:51 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Waiting for next tagline.)
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To: BenLurkin
...so much for cleansing wipes!   I had a plumber in to replace the dripping faucet shutoff valve and when he finished he dumped the wastebasket, full of paper towels we had used to wipe up the water, into the toilet. It also happened to have the old rusted wall flange under the towels in the wastebasket.   He had to come back the next day to unstop the toilet.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc can really stink up a situation.

33 posted on 09/23/2013 12:37:52 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: wbill

lol


34 posted on 09/23/2013 12:38:54 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: jboot
I got some 1950’s-era commodes with the new investment property.

I am redoing my bathrooms and I am keeping my non-lo-flow commodes that were installed before they passed the law that outlawed the sale of non-lo-flows.

When I am riding through my neighborhood and I see old commodes sitting at the curb, I feel like I need to remind the owner how much better that old commode is.

35 posted on 09/23/2013 12:39:19 PM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: libstripper

Why are your nether regions hard to clean? On seco.second thought never mind.


36 posted on 09/23/2013 12:40:44 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
If they are strong enough to be wet and not tear, then they are NOT made for flushing, no matter what they say.

Put everyone on their own septic system and they'll learn this real fast.

37 posted on 09/23/2013 12:40:57 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: MrB

Bump!

Government regulation causes as many if not more problems than the complaints “they say” they are addressing.


38 posted on 09/23/2013 12:40:59 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Vendome

I assume you meant NOT eaten first? Otherwise what’s them point ?


39 posted on 09/23/2013 12:41:47 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: markoman

Ewww...just how did you notice that?


40 posted on 09/23/2013 12:42:10 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Oh, I do use that too. Once I had a brilliant idea. I was gonna plumb this....

 

into one of these....

 

 

What could go wrong, right??

41 posted on 09/23/2013 12:42:11 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: jboot

See post 15 if you own your sewer line.


42 posted on 09/23/2013 12:42:13 PM PDT by ansel12 ( 'I'm on That New Obama Diet... Every Day I Let Vladimir Putin Eat My Lunch' .)
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To: ricmc2175

I was in tears!


43 posted on 09/23/2013 12:42:29 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: Phillyred

Charmin is just as bad.


44 posted on 09/23/2013 12:43:54 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: BenLurkin
People should use them, but then dispose of them how they would a diaper. Do not flush, place in a small covered can/receptacle.

Its not as nasty, gross, or smelly as you might thing.

45 posted on 09/23/2013 12:44:22 PM PDT by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: Slyfox

I have an “old fashion” commode in my basement. It is in perfect condition and awaiting some future renovation. It is now worth at least 4x what it was originally purchased for. There must be a black market for these things.

I also have about 50 100watt incandescent light bulbs. I am working on the import of some old fashion dishwasher soap and laundry detergent.

Anyone need some asbestos roof shingles? LOL


46 posted on 09/23/2013 12:44:29 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Waiting for next tagline.)
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To: BenLurkin

Sewer clogs? Hope and change at work.


47 posted on 09/23/2013 12:44:29 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: autumnraine

If you lack an imagination, I’m not going to try to help.


48 posted on 09/23/2013 12:45:07 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Responsibility2nd

Those are definately NOT flushable!!!


49 posted on 09/23/2013 12:48:01 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Revolting cat!

So is that how you “bleach the button”....?


50 posted on 09/23/2013 12:48:33 PM PDT by GraceG
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