Don't Believe the Hype: Wipes Clog Pipes

Don’t believe the hype that you can flush that so-called “flushable” wipe. Despite many marketing claims, “flushable” wipes do not breakdown in water.

They clump together in sewer systems and clog sewage treatment equipment. An independent consumer report in 2014 even found that a “flushable” wipe would not break down in water after being mixed by a kitchen mixer for 10 minutes. That’s not to say that wipes are bad; they’re just not good for the system that cleans our wastewater so it can safely be discharged into the San Francisco Bay.

If it’s not one of the 3-Ps: poop, pee or (toilet) paper, throw it in the trash to protect your toilet, our pipes, and the filters we all rely on to keep our Bay healthy.

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