Sewer Blockage causes 10,000-Gallon Sewage Spill in Newport Beach, CA

Are the flushed hospital wipes to blame for the madness?

On February 6, 2017 a sewage spill in Newport Beach, CA was the culprit of shut down roads in the Newport Bay area.

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“An Orange County Sanitation District crew responded to a report around 9:40 a.m. Monday that sewage had backed up and was coming out of a manhole on the northbound side of Newport Boulevard and Hospital Road (near Hoag Hospital), said Anthony Martinez, manager of OCHCA’s Ocean Water Quality Program. It’s believed that a blockage in a main sewer line contributed to the spill, Martinez said.”

USA Today reported that each year, health facilities flush an estimated 250 million pounds of drugs down the drain. But thats not all – with the increased use of wipes in healthcare facilities, we’re beginning to see damaging clogs and spillage from hospitals flushing down the non-flushable waste.

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