The City and Borough of Juneau Utilities Division saw evidence of the sewer system being clogged from disinfecting wipes, gloves and toilet paper alternatives being flushed down the toilet and urges residents to stop flushing those things, according to a release from the city.
Wipes, gloves, paper towels and other similar materials do not disintegrate properly, according to the city.
That means they can clog pipes, cause sewer lines to break and put a strain on the local wastewater treatment facilities and staff.
Even wipes labeled as “flushable” can lead to sewer backups, according to the city, and should not be flushed.
CBJ urges residents to always put wipes, latex gloves, paper towels and napkins and tissues in the trash.
Other items the city said should never be flushed include tampon applicators, sanitary napkins, medication, hair, dental floss, cotton swabs or balls, bandages, rags or towels, any plastic items and fats, oils, and grease.