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Des Moines Metropolitan
Wastewater Reclamation Authority
3000 Vandalia Road
Des Moines, IA 50317
515-323-8000

Wipes

The use of disposable, pre-moistened wipes in the United States has increased dramatically in recent years resulting in significant expenses for public wastewater utilities related to clogged pumps, sewer blockages, equipment repairs, and landfill disposal of trash screened out of the raw wastewater. These products are not intended to be flushed down the drain, and even the ones marketed as “flushable” can cause problems in the sewer collection system.

ITEMS:  Baby wipes, makeup removal pads, paper towels, kitchen wipes, tissues, toilet brush pads, etc.
PROBLEM:  These products (even ones labeled “flushable) do not easily break down in the sewer system.

SOLUTION:  THROW ALL WIPES IN THE TRASH!