Tag Archives: Wipes

City of Carlsbad Spreads the Message: Don’t Believe the Hype About Using Wipes

March 15, 2017

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When wastewater treatment professionals noticed an increase in clogged pipes, the City of Carlsbad, Calif., decided to do something about it. City officials released the Wipes Clog Pipes video series to educate the community about the problems wipes can cause for infrastructure. “The goal of our campaign was to inform residents that disposable wipes, even […]

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‘What Not To Flush’ Messaging Hits the Streets of California

October 6, 2016

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The Dublin (Calif.) San Ramon Services District’s public education messaging has gone mobile. To spread its messages about items not to be flushed down toilets and the value of water, the district has equipped their vehicles with educational signs. The district’s “What Not To Flush” program asks customers to never flush wipes, diapers, or feminine […]

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Don’t Flush the Baby (Wipes!)

February 24, 2016

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Steve Anderson, a water resources analyst with Clean Water Services (Hillsboro, Ore.), wrote and recorded a lighthearted song called “Don’t Flush the Baby (Wipes!)” The song conveys the importance of not flushing baby wipes, cleaning pads, and paper towels. Although not part of a Clean Water Services’ outreach campaign, Anderson has produced a number of songs […]

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Federal Trade Commission Approves Flushables Consent Order

December 18, 2015

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a final consent order with Nice-Pak Products Inc. that requires the company to stop advertising moist toilet tissue and cloth as flushable or safe for sewer or septic systems unless it can substantiate those claims. In May 2015, FTC filed a complaint that Nice-Pak violated the FTC Act […]

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O Love Your Pipes

December 11, 2015

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Staff at NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay (Wis.) Metropolitan Sewerage District, have created a holiday-themed video featuring a song called “O Love Your Pipes” sung to the tune of “O Christmas Tree,” to relay the importance of not flushing wipes or putting grease and certain other items down the drain. In the […]

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Flushables Outreach: The Singing Sewermen

November 25, 2015

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The Singing Sewermen of Thames Water (London) have recorded several humorous holiday-themed videos asking London citizens to avoid washing turkey grease down the drain during the holiday season. Photo courtesy of Thames Water. The celebrated Singing Sewermen of Thames Water (London) released their “debut single” in 2009 — a revision of the classic carol “God […]

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WEF Submits Comments to Federal Trade Commission on Wipes and Claims of “Flushability”

August 28, 2015

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On June 17, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) submitted comments to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) concerning wipe manufacturers’ claims of their product’s “flushability” and about how these products should be labeled. The comments were related to a proposed FTC consent agreement with Nice-Pak Products Inc. (Orangeburg, N.Y.). WEF’s comments support the […]

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Associations Collaborate To Address Wipes ‘Flushability’

March 26, 2015

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A group of five associations, representing the water sector and the nonwoven fabrics industry, announced March 19 that they are working collaboratively to develop a new edition of guidelines. These guidelines will influence product design and support the marketing of nonwoven products as “flushable” with no adverse effects on wastewater systems. The associations also announced […]

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