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City of Tulsa Pleas Residents Not To Flush Paper Towels, Cleaning Wipes

Posted at 5:26 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 00:00:07-04

TULSA, Okla. — In a time where cleaning wipes and paper towels are hot commodities, officials warn not to flush any of them, even when the label says it is okay to.

The City of Tulsa put the warning on Facebook, Friday morning.

The manager for the city’s sewer department, Eric Murdock, says flushing those items, over time, causes major backups and overflows which can happen in anyone’s home and ruin the city’s sewer system.

Tulsa’s system has no issues at the moment, but they hope putting out the advice prevents any from popping up.

Murdock says, “With the increase of the use of these disinfectant flushable wipes and paper towels now with the COVID-19 pandemic, the city is more concerned than ever about backups and overflows.”

The damage is not immediate. It takes time for wipes and paper towels to build up and clog together.

When it does happen, the damage could cost several hundred to thousands of dollars.

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