Monday, 1 Mar 2021

During pandemic, Halifax Water urges public not to flush so-called ‘flushable’ wipes

As residents increase their use of cleaning products during the COVID-19 crisis, Halifax Water is urging residents not to flush wipes — even the so-called ‘flushable’ ones — down the toilet.

The utility is re-circulating a public education video on YouTube reminding consumers that these wet wipes, while marketed as safe to flush, don’t break down like toilet paper does and can cause messy clogs.

That’s a problem Halifax Water doesn’t want to deal with in the midst of a pandemic, as it works to keep its essential services up and running.

“Diverting valuable resources of time and equipment to a situation that’s a hundred per cent preventable is not the way to go,” said spokesperson James Campbell on Friday.

Wet wipes will go down the toilet, the utility’s video explains, don’t break down in water.

They can end up stuck to a home’s plumbing system, or clogging up pipes leading to sewage treatment plants, where staff have to fish them out by hand.

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