Wet Wipes Box Says Flush.
New York’s Sewer System Says Don’t.
By MATT FLEGENHEIMER NEW YORK TIMES MARCH 13, 2015
A leaky faucet can waste 100 gallons a day.
"First, someone might pour molten turkey fat down a drain. A few blocks away, someone else might flush a wet wipe down a toilet. When the two meet in a dank sewer pipe, a baby fatberg is born."
"The problem isn’t just gross; it’s also a financial drain. In New York City, grease causes 71 percent of sewer backups, according to the city’s 2016 State of the Sewers report. The city spent $18 million over five years fighting fatbergs. Smaller cities aren’t immune; Ft. Wayne, Indiana, has spent half a million dollars a year cleaning grease out of sewers."
The average 5 minute shower uses 15-25 gallons of water; around 40 gallons are used in 10 minutes
One flush of the toilet uses 6.5 gallons of water.
Fixing these leaks will save water and prevent your money from going down the drain.
An average bath requires 37 gallons of water
"Some of the products are branded "flushable"- a characterization contested by wastewater officials and plaintiffs bringing class- action lawsuits against wipes manufacturers for upending their plumbing."
The most common cause of a leaking toilet tank is when the flapper fails to seat properly and form a tight seal against the valve seat. This lets water leak from the tank into the bowl. This is a leak you may not see or hear
An average family of four uses 881 gallons of water per week JUST by flushing the toilet.
Huge Blobs of Fat and Trash Are Filling the World’s Sewers
By Erika Engelhaupt
National Geographic August 16,2017