Toilet paper shortage has some in Alexandria flushing things they shouldn’t

Please stop flushing things down the toilet that you shouldn’t be. That’s what the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District is asking you to be mindful about!

The organization is seeing an increase in non-flushable materials being flushed such as baby wipes, napkins and paper towels. This is due to the toilet paper shortage because of COVID-19.

A representative wrote this on their website, “While the ‘flushable’ wipes concern is not new to wastewater facilities, there is an increased risk due to the current shortage of toilet paper. We ask that our community members pay extra attention to what they are using and flushing and remind you not to flush anything other than toilet paper.

The COVID-19 outbreak has created additional stress and uncertainty for everyone, and while we understand that supply shortages exacerbate these stresses and challenges, it is important to keep in mind that flushing anything other than toilet paper can create expensive problems for homeowners and your local facilities. Flushing wipes (even those labeled ‘flushable’) and other non-toilet paper materials causes clogs, backups, equipment and pipe breakages, and in bad cases, can even force raw sewage back into peoples’ homes. Because we are a public utility, the cost to repair these damages is unfortunately borne by the public. We want to avoid any and all of these problems and allow our facility workers to focus on their jobs to keep our facility up and running.”

Here is a list of the things that should not be flushed:

·         Paper towels

·         Napkins

·         Kleenex and other tissues

·         Wet wipes/baby wipes (even those labeled as “flushable” wipes)

·         Diapers

·         Feminine hygiene products

·         Gauze/Band-Aids