BOWLING GREEN, KY – The No Wipes in the Pipes campaign launches this week to educate the community on a problem that is causing increased expenses and resources for the community. Disposable wipes are causing increased problems within Warren County Water District’s wastewater system by clogging pipes and damaging pumping stations. Flushing wipes can cause toilet overflows, expensive plumbing repairs and damage to septic systems, as well as clog pumps and sewer systems. Warren County Water District encourages everyone to be part of the solution and pledge to only tossing toilet paper down the toilet.
“Even though a product may indicate they are biodegradable or can be flushed, the fabric does not breakdown fast enough,” explained General Manager John Dix. “There are currently no requirements that a product must meet to be labeled flushable and with an increase in product choices/demand, the problem increases for utilities across the country.”
Warren Water endured over $50,000 in expenses related to clogged wastewater systems & pump damage. Clogs cause systems to operate inefficiently, waste electricity and can eventually back up into the customer’s pipes causing costly damage to the homeowner. General Manager John Dix added, “Community education will be key to the solution by convincing our customers not to flush wipes down the toilet. With involvement from the community Warren Water will be able to sustain efficiency and minimize spending related to wipes.”