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City: 2 Items You Should Not Put In Drain or Flush

5:27 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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You're done with that grease or wipe, so what should you do with it? One thing for sure: DO NOT SEND IT INTO THE SEWER!

Wednesday, the city of Greensboro reported that at 3,500 sewage back up on one street was because of grease being poured down drains and accumulating in the line. Some cities across the country have made it illegal to dispose of grease by pouring it down a drain.

USA Today reports wipes are causing a headache for city sewer operators, even ones that are labeled disposable and flushable.

Apparently, the cloth-like material doesn't break down in the sanitary sewer system, like toilet paper.

The newspaper said Raleigh's biggest source of overflows is because of rags and debris, including wipes.

WFMY News 2 contacted the city of Greensboro and Winston-Salem to find out if wipes in sewers are a problem. Both said there hasn't been an issue with wipes, but the cities told us there are two other problems that clog their sewers: tree roots and grease.


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