Wet Wipes Box Says Flush.
New York’s Sewer System Says Don’t.
By MATT FLEGENHEIMER NEW YORK TIMES MARCH 13, 2015
"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."
"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."
Huge Blobs of Fat and Trash Are Filling the World’s Sewers
By Erika Engelhaupt
National Geographic August 16,2017