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City launching campaign to warn against flushing inappropriate items

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Posted at 7:42 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 22:42:12-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The City of Bakersfield is warning residents about the dangers of flushing inappropriate items that can clog sewer lines.

In order to help bring awareness to the issue, the City is relaunching its "Don't Create a Monster - Think Before You Flush" public outreach campaign.

According to the City, the campaign will include billboards listing items that should not be flushed. These items include wipes used for personal hygiene, housecleaning and changing diapers. The City said these items do not break down the same way toilet paper does, and as a result, put stress on the sewer and treatment equipment, causing damage, and leading cities to spend thousands of dollars on premature equipment repair and replacement.

While the billboards were previously planned, the City said this is also a timely reminder as stores are short on toilet paper supplies and many people are looking for alternatives during the COVID-19 health crisis.