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Jefferson Parish warns residents to not flush disinfectant wipes

The wipes, along with normal paper towels, can clog drains, back up sewers and cause overflows and stoppages.
Credit: AP

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. — The Jefferson Parish Department of Sewerage is warning residents to not flush disinfectant wipes down toilets, even if those wipes are labeled as flushable.

The wipes, along with normal paper towels, can clog drains, back up sewers and cause overflows and stoppages.

"Keeping sewer systems up and running is crucial during the COVID-19 outbreak," Director Mike Lockwood said Thursday morning.

The parish government said wipes have been a serious problem because the collection systems depend on gravity flow and are not designed to deal with wipes or paper towels.

"Apartment complexes are of particular concern due to the concentrated number of people being serviced by the system," Lockwood said.

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