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UndercoverBryologist
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Alabama fatbergs cause costly sewer system clogs
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More than 10,000 gallons of raw sewage rushed into Daphne’s Rock Creek on April 9, 2020, prompting the environmental watchdog group Mobile Baykeeper to issue a news release assigning the blame to “flushable wipes.”

Just over a year later, following the fifth wettest June on record for coastal Alabama, local TV media reports attributed some of the stormwater overflows to face masks being flushed down toilets and clogging the pipes. But Daphne Utilities and the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS), in recent interviews with AL.com, are setting the record straight: The biggest culprit are flushable wipes.


adamau
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re: Alabama fatbergs cause costly sewer system clogs
Is it just me or does that look a bit narrow to be the shite tube for the entire city


UndercoverBryologist
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Is it just me or does that look a bit narrow to be the shite tube for the entire city



I think the actual fatberg is a much more colossal structure in the actual Mobile sewers.

Check out this fatberg for Ye Olde England.

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crewdepoo
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re: Alabama fatbergs cause costly sewer system clogs
Flushable just means if will leave your house, doesn’t mean you should do it. Paper towels are just as much flushable and no ones flushed them. Muh regulation needed


Lonnie Utah
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re: Alabama fatbergs cause costly sewer system clogs
The only thing you should flush is Poop, pee and TP....


LegendInMyMind
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re: Alabama fatbergs cause costly sewer system clogs
"Flushable wipes" aren't flushable. Plumbers have been saying that for years. The manufacturers need to stop printing that on their packaging.


udtiger
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"Flushable wipes" aren't flushable. Plumbers have been saying that for years. The manufacturers need to stop printing that on their packaging


Anything that fits down the hole is "flushable."

Doesn't mean it should be.


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East Coast Band
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re: Alabama fatbergs cause costly sewer system clogs
Of course a liberal paper would never place any environmental detriment on masks.


sledgehammer
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re: Alabama fatbergs cause costly sewer system clogs
You’ve never seen anything until you look inside a clogged lift station at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles. Women look so clean and proper from the outside but are the nastiest beings for what they do and flush down a toilet if you know what I mean.


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OweO
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re: Alabama fatbergs cause costly sewer system clogs
Well.. With toilet paper nowhere to be found that time last year.. What else are people supposed to use?


UndercoverBryologist
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re: Alabama fatbergs cause costly sewer system clogs
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Of course a liberal paper would never place any environmental detriment on masks.


Image: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/pn-kxUEySy0/maxresdefault.jpg


"This isn't a COVID issue, East Coast Band."

"Well, it isn't literally."


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Auburn80
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re: Alabama fatbergs cause costly sewer system clogs
Flushable wipes are not really flushable. My hospital banned flushing them because they clogged pipes. They are not the same as toilet paper.


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RazorBroncs
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re: Alabama fatbergs cause costly sewer system clogs
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Just over a year later, following the fifth wettest June on record for coastal Alabama, local TV media reports attributed some of the stormwater overflows to face masks being flushed down toilets and clogging the pipes


Storm water pipes and sewer pipes are two totally different and separate things. Storm water will only infiltrate sewer lines during extremely heavy rains, and that's through unsealed manhole lids and cracks/breaks in the sewer lines.

That being said, "flushable" wipes and grease are the two worst things for sewer systems. Wipes do not dissolve as advertised and will get hung up on any root growing through a sewer line or any jagged crack in the piping, then gather more and more wipes and grease over time until a massive clog occurs.

Your local wastewater treatment plant spends BY FAR the most time and money trying to efficiently remove grease and wipes from the lines and their multiple traps on their plant, and their whole maintenance department spends every day out on the streets cleaning sewer lines in order to prevent these things from building up. It's a constant, never ending, extremely expensive battle.

The department I worked for in my younger years was a municipality with about 100k citizens total, and they had a 50 person department with about $15 million in specialized machines and trucks all dedicated to simply cleaning, maintaining, and repairing sewer lines. It is much bigger business than anyone ever realizes.

TLDR - don't flush wipes or pour grease down the drain, simply throw both away. You wouldn't believe the massive scale of the grease traps and wipe grinders at your local wastewater treatment plant, but even still wipes and grease are responsible for every clog or overflow that happens in the collection system piping on the way back to the plant.


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BigJman
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Flushable just means if will leave your house, doesn’t mean you should do it. Paper towels are just as much flushable and no ones flushed them. Muh regulation needed


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crewdepoo


Checks out.


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LSUAlum2001
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What else are people supposed to use?
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A quick addition for anyone.


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GentleJackJones
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We need bidets, not flushable wipes


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GCTigahs
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Looks like a damn bedsheet in that pipe!


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LRB1967
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I work in a mental health facility for teenagers. One of the boys flushed three bras and four pairs of panties. I guess lingerie should be labeled as not flushable.


BuckyCheese
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re: Alabama fatbergs cause costly sewer system clogs
Just put some pressure to it and blow them things out.
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SATNIGHTS
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re: Alabama fatbergs cause costly sewer system clogs
There is a train that takes poop from NYC and ships it across the country. Pretty interesting Radio lab podcast. LINK


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