Water Utility Blames Wipes For Clogging Pipes

(Capitol Heights, MD) — An urgent plea is going out to residents in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties to stop flushing sanitary wipes down the toilet. WSSC  says it has removed more than 700 tons of wipes from a wastewater pumping station since 2020 and the problem is getting worse. The utility says an excessive amount of so-called flushable wipes are clogging the sewer mains and causing untreated wastewater to overflow into nearby waterways. Officials are hoping more people will comply by only flushing toilet paper down the toilet and toss wipes in the trash.