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“Flushable” wipes: Friend or foe of the Reedy River?

Let’s get educated on the dangers of flushing those ever-so-handy “flushable” wipes — and what to do instead — with insight from the Reedy River Water Quality Group.

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Aerial view over the Reedy River and bridge in Greenville, SC.

Actions — both big and small — have a profound effect on the health of the Reedy River.

This year, we’ve resolved to make more eco-conscious choices in an effort to help protect and preserve our local waterways through everyday actions. You, too?

One big one we’re starting with this year: Properly disposing of those ever-so-handy “flushable” wipes. It’s true that some brands of wipes are “certified” to be flushable, but it’s better to be safe and not take any chances.

After all, it’s a common (and understandable) misconception that all “flushable” wipes are safe to flush. But the reality is that even though wipes may initially flush, they do not dissolve like toilet paper.

While toilet paper dissolves quickly, it can take weeks for “flushable” wipes to dissolve, leaving plenty of opportunity for major sewer system issues to develop. The sewer system can be damaged, and blockages can form, causing sewage to be released into the environment and our waterways.

Rather than trying to remember what you can’t flush, it’s easier to remember what you can — only the three p’s.

Anything else should be disposed of in the trash can. Your city (and your pipes) will thank you.

Think twice before you flush

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