Special East County campaign for "No Wipes in the Pipes"
These past few months, Ironhouse Sanitary District has come together with other East County sanitary agencies to educate the public on the damage flushing any kind of wipes down the toilet.
The campaign, which began in November, is also aimed at local residents who are taking advantage of the increased availability of personal hygiene wipes that tout “flushable” on the label. Ironhouse Sanitary District and the other East County agencies contend that these wipes may indeed be flushable, but are unfortunately getting clogged in sewer pipes and sewer plants throughout East County.
“Most people are led to believe that disposable wipes are safe to flush down the toilet, but this is not the case. During the sanitation process, wipes create clogging problems in our system and this means higher costs to our ratepayers,” said Louis Solana, ISD's Collections superintendent. “Regardless of the type of wipe, trashing instead of flushing is a win-win for everybody.”
The agencies involved include the town of Discovery Bay, the Byron Sanitary District, the City of Brentwood, Ironhouse Sanitary District (Oakley and Bethel Island) and Delta Diablo (Antioch, Pittsburg, Bay Point). The advertisements are running on the back of Tri-Delta Transit buses, in newspapers, social media, and are even playing on theater screens.
So, if you use disposable wipes, put them in a garbage can or use a covered diaper pail to store them until the trash is picked up. Because, in the end, we all end up paying the hidden cost of “flushable” wipes.