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Please Don’t Flush Wipes: It Clogs Pipes in Your Home, City Sewers and Water Plants

March 16, 2020

Baby wipes and household cleaning wipes, even if labeled as being “flushable,” can clog the pipes in your home and do not break down well in our wastewater system. They should be thrown into the trash.


Wipes have a cloth-like consistency and can remain in drain pipes for months, without breaking apart, forming a buildup that could close your plumbing system.


The St. Peters Utilities Department urges residents to put wipes in waste containers. You should consider them a solid waste that is unsafe to flush.


Toilet paper dissolves quickly and easily and does not pose a risk to the effectiveness of the sewer system. Only toilet paper should be flushed down your toilet.


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