Coronavirus: Don’t flush disposable wipes down toilet, urges City of Kelowna

With a run on toilet paper during the current COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been a notable increase in the purchase and use of disposable wipes.

As residents use these items, city officials are urging that these products need to be properly disposed, and not simply tossed into a toilet.

Disposable wipes flushed down the toilet can wreak havoc on residential pipes and sewer systems.

A clog can cause a residential system backup, resulting in flooding and property damage.

As well, significant clogs at a wastewater treatment facility can damage infrastructure, resulting in costly repairs and potential interruptions in essential service.

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Further, some wipes also have disinfectants that may cause problems with the way that wastewater is treated.

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