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Posted on: April 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Sanitary Sewer Blockage Caused by Flushing Disposable Wipes

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Sanitary Sewer Blockage Caused by Flushing Disposable Wipes

During recent years the City of Glens Falls Sewer Department has been experiencing sewer problems with sewer pipes and sewage pumps getting clogged with disposable wipes, rags, feminine products, disposable diapers, grease and other things the sewer system is not designed to handle. These problems are difficult and expensive to repair. 

Disposable wipes, rags, feminine products, and grease do not break down, dissolve or degrade in the sewer system. The disposable wipes bind with grease or other substances and clog the pipes and pumps. When this happens, it causes sewer back-ups into homes and businesses, and can cause sewers to overflow into rivers and streams. 

We can fix this problem by working together. We ask that ONLY human waste and toilet paper be flushed down the toilet. Things that should NOT go into the toilet, sink, or sewer system include wipes of any kind - including baby wipes, cleaning wipes, or floor cleaning wipes, rags of any kind, feminine hygiene products, or cooking grease. Even products marked "Flushable" don’t break down, and DO cause blockages.

The truth is that these items have the ability to clog and stop up not only in the public sewer system but also can cause blockage and service problems in the sewer line on your property, requiring expensive repairs. By disposing of these items in the trash, not the toilet, you can avoid problems with your house sewer and you can help us keep the City’s sewer costs from increasing. 

If you have any questions regarding this notice , please feel free to contact our Water and Sewer office at 518-761-3850 during regular business hours which are Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM excluding holidays.

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