‘Sewer safe? Not so much’

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Flushable wipes clog your pipes. That’s really all there is to it — the new aisles of wet wipes marketed to adult bottoms are hurting the City of Beloit’s bottom line.

While these wipes are usually labeled with something reassuring like “flushable” or “sewer safe” printed on them, buyer beware. Their manufacturers have very different definitions of those terms than we do.

When Beloit’s wastewater department sees “sewer safe” on a package, it’s usually taken to mean “safely clogs filter screens and wraps around pump heads like an indestructible layer of lavender-scented cement.”

These clogs and jams don’t just stop water from flowing: they also chew through work hours with their cleanup and stress the pumping systems, which means more frequent (and costly) repairs. All these costs, dear taxpayer, come straight from you. Even if you don’t connect to the city’s sewer system, this news is for you. Those stubborn fiber sheets will happily stop up your home’s septic system, which means paying big bucks for someone to come tear up your lawn and drag all those no-so-flushable wipes back out.

As Beloit residents, we are all affected by these issues. It’s our toilets that will clog and our taxes that will pay for the repairs.

But there’s good news!

As Beloit residents, we are all able to contribute to the solution. If you must use “flushable” wipes, send them down the garbage instead. Every day a pump stays clog-free, your local water resources employee will thank you.

Noah Davisson

Beloit

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