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Are Flushable Wipes safe for Drain pipes?

Updated: Mar 23, 2020

Are Flushable Wipes safe for Drain pipes?

Recent events have caused a temporary shortage of toilet paper, which has led to an increase in the sales of flushable wipes and other alternative paper products. These flushable wipes and alternative paper products pose a serious risk to the City’s sanitary sewer system. Clogs like these are far too frequent across the City’s sewer system and can have detrimental effects to the health of the sanitary sewer system. These require the City’s wastewater crews to shut down the pumps and manually remove the blockages in order to prevent wastewater from backing up into houses, businesses, and the environment. Removing these blockages can be not only time consuming, but costly to the City. Items like flushable wipes, paper towels, cotton swabs, hair, trash, debris, and hygiene products can get hung up in the system and cause these blockages. The City of Rockwall requests that citizens be mindful of the items that are being flushed. Here are a few things that are NOT FLUSHABLE:

“Flushable” wipes

Trash and debris


Paper towels

Cotton swabs


Wipes of any kind


Hygiene products

Companies advertise their disposable wipes as “flushable” or “safe for sewer and septic systems,” but independent tests have found otherwise. Video from CBS/DFW

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