Orange County Sanitation District Staff Report

May 30, 2012
National Association of Clean Water Agencies

While products such as wet wipes are advertised to be “flushable,” ”biodegradable,” and “safe for sewer and septic systems,” rapid dispersibility of these products within the sanitary sewer system has not been observed. Field observations have found these types of products to be a cause of back-ups within the sewer system leading to Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO), clogs at lift stations, and disruption within the treatment plant. An industry standard for these products needs to be established.

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