"Flushable" wipes clog up sewer systems in Grand Junction

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Sewer systems are having major issues from wipes not actually going down the toilet. The Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant has seen an increase in blockages in sewer systems in the last couple of years.

Persigo monitors more than 500 miles of sewer systems through Mesa County and cleans them every two years, but now with blockages they have to up their maintenance from every six months to one year, which costs them more money.

Dan Tonello with Persigo said they're not sure if it's the flushable wipes for adults that are clogging up the sewers or if parents are putting baby wipes in toilets.

Septic systems can also be affected the wipes can take up room in the tanks causing them to not work properly.

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