March 20, 2020

Wipes Clog Pipes

Yellowhead County is asking residents to keep your wipes out of the pipes.

With the increased usage of wipes due to the current virus pandemic, Yellowhead County would like to remind residents that flushing certain items could have costly consequences to home-owners and the community. Here are a few tips to help keep the sewer system flowing properly:

  • Wipes may be labelled “flushable,” but they don’t degrade in the system. Flushing them is like flushing a handkerchief or other items made of cloth.
  • Our sewer systems and treatment plants were not designed to handle wipes. They gum up the system, clog pipes and pumps, and cost taxpayers and residents lots of money in additional maintenance costs.
  • If you use wipes, put them in the trash, not the toilet!

Many homeowners have experienced plumbing problems because of wipes, so you may have expensive maintenance issues at home if you flush them