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Costly Repairs: Think Before You Flush

Posted at 11:36 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 00:38:50-05

BIXBY, Okla. — Experts say it can cost a lot of money to fix pumps damaged when people flush something down the toilet that doesn't disintegrate.

The City of Bixby posted these pictures on their Facebook page saying since 2017, Bixby Public Works Authority has spent over $80,000 on repairs.

Repairing one pump can cost anywhere between $1,000 to $10,000.

The city says just because the product claims it is flushable does not mean it should be.

"Those items will flush down the toilet, however, they do not break down," said Jennifer Rush with the CIty of Bixby. "So, they can get stuck in a homeowners pipes at their house as well as get stuck in the impellers of the pump."

Rush says if people are more aware and use the trash, it can save money in the long run, allowing the city to use the money on other items instead of repairs.

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