SNL Mocks Baltimore’s ‘Fatberg’ Sewer Problems

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A fatberg in the Baltimore sewage system got a mention in a recent “Saturday Night Live” “Weekend Update” segment.  “Maintenance workers in Baltimore say they have cleared an 140-ton ‘fatberg’ from the sewer system, which is made up of congealed fat and waste that will not break down,” “Weekend Update” host Colin Jost said.  “So good news, Baltimore:  The McRib is back.”   The Baltimore fatberg has been growing and was recently contributed to a 1.2 million gallon sewage overflow.  Work is in process to upgrade and to increase the capacity of the Baltimore sewer collection and treatment systems to prevent these types of overflows in the future.

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Court Case Over a New D.C. Law Mandating What Wipes Can be Labeled “Flushable”

The flushable wipes industry is going to court over a new D.C. law mandating wipes can be labeled “flushable” only if they break apart in a short period of time after being flushed in typical sewer conditions.  Kimberly-Clark Corporation, which manufacturers Cottonelle, Scott Naturals and Pull-Ups flushable wipes alleges the law is unconstitutional because it tries to regulate businesses beyond the city.  The law takes effect January 1, 2018 and comes in response to the more than $50,000 a year D.C. Water spends to clear clogs caused by wipes with additional expenses to repair equipment damages by the wipes.  Learn more here