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“Flushing Awesome” Public Education Campaigns

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Last week’s What the Flush? post provided information on the Save Your Pipes Don’t Flush Baby Wipes public education pilot campaign in Maine.  Many other utilities around the country have launched their own public education campaigns to address not only baby wipes, but many other products that are often inappropriately flushed.   
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What the Flush?!

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If you follow NACWA on Twitter, you may have seen the groundbreaking Save Your Pipes: Don’t Flush Baby Wipes public education pilot campaign implemented by the Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA; formerly the Maine WasteWater Control Association) and the INDA, the trade association of the nonwoven fabrics industry (saveyourpipes.org).  This campaign developed after a bill […]

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Some Interesting Facts About Flushables

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Clean water agencies across the country are experiencing problems with products that are flushed but do not break apart easily in the sewer system. NACWA launched a “Toilets Are Not Trashcans” campaign last year to protect our sewers from wipes, paper towels, FOG (fats, oils, and greases) and other products that should not be flushed.  […]

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Protecting our Pipes, Pumps, Plants, and Personnel

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Earlier this month, NACWA notified its members that it was declaring war to protect our pipes, pumps, and plants by reducing the harmful materials that are flushed or drained into the sewer system.  These products include wipes, unused pharmaceuticals, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, FOG (fats, oils, and greases), as well as product […]

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Wiping Up New Customers: More Wipes in Utilities’ Futures?

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Earlier this week, NACWA joined with INDA (the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the American Public Works Association (APWA) to issue a joint press release, describing how the four associations will collaborate to help keep non-dispersible products out of the sewer.  But even as the associations work on […]

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In the Dyeing World of Wipes – Vancouver Puts their Hands On Them

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Wipes that are flushed into the sewer system have become an expensive problem for the City of Vancouver.  In the last five years, we have spent $650,000 on new pumps and equipment because of problem with clogs caused by wipes.  Each year, we continue to spend more than $100,000 on extra maintenance and electricity costs […]

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Wipe Out! Keeping Wipes Out of Pipes

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Earlier this year, we reported that new Costco wipe packaging using the “Do Not Flush” logo had been sighted.  This updated packaging is now more widely available in stores, and it is a great example of effective labeling that can help educate consumers on how to properly dispose of these products.
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“Flushable” Wipes, Clogging Pipes

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Cooperation from product manufacturers to clearly label products as not flushable, however, would help tremendously in educating the public. Many products are not meant to be flushed and are not labeled as flushable, but they still end up in the sewer system. The fine print on many non-flushable products is not sufficient. [ … ]

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