From the Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire, WI)….
Jeff Pippenger, Eau Claire’s Utilities Administrator, wants to expose the dirty truth about wipes to the public. As the workers were cleaning up the raw sewage flowing up out of a manhole, they found yet another clot of wipes that obstructed an 8-inch pipe.
Statistics from Eau Claire show that these blockages occur about 70 to 80 times a year. In 2014, their workers devoted 312 hours to cleaning bar screens– which deposited over 130 tons of mostly rags and wipes. The city spends over $35,000 — a taxpayer expense Pippenger says could easily be avoided if everyone simply used toilet paper.
“It’s a huge problem with everybody,” Pippenger said. “This isn’t just an Eau Claire problem; this is a systemwide problem across the country.”