Bakersfield sewer systems keep getting clogged because of flushable bathroom wipes
Wipes do not break apart as advertised
Last Updated: 79 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Flushable bathroom wipes are considered by many to be the latest and greatest in personal hygiene. But for the city of Bakersfield, they are making a bigger mess than they are cleaning up.
"There's no safe brand for disposables, none of them break down," said Mike Connor, Street Superintendent at Public Works.
Unlike toilet paper that disintegrates, the wipes stay in one place. Even after spending weeks in the sewers. This causes major issues for Bakersfield's system.
"When they get flushed, they just bind up. And then when they get to the left station, they clog up our pump. Just get in a big old ball," described Connor.
There are 52 sewage lift stations in Bakersfield, which crews of three or four have to check and then manually break apart the wipes by
"Crews have to cut the stuff off. You can't just pull it off. You have to cut it with a knife, pull it off with pliers, in order to get this loose from the pumps," said Connor.
But more than just leaving septic crews wiped out, the still intact wipes can ultimately also cause damage to your home as "houses get back flow damage as lift stations will come up inside their homes, and actually spill out there."
There is a simple solution to the problem and that is to throw away your wipes in a trash can after using them, instead of flushing them.
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