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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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Maine Wins EPA Award for Wipes Campaign

June 24, 2014

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New England Region has honored Maine’s “Save Your Pipes: Don’t Flush Baby Wipes” campaign with its Environmental Merit Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions on behalf of the region’s public health and natural environment. The $113,000 campaign, launched on Jan. 21, is a joint effort by the Maine WasteWater Control Association (now known […]

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Wipes in Pipes Cause Costly Problems for Water Resource Recovery Facilities

January 28, 2014

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Many wastewater treatment professionals agree that clogged pipes can cause big and costly problems. As these problems arise, Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) members are documenting costs spent on maintenance and repairs and are working to identify culprits. Clogs from items that do not belong in water resource recovery facility (WRRF) flows are not […]

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