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SEATTLE – City officials are fed up with marketers telling people that their products are ‘flushable’ when in fact they are clogging sewers nearly every day in Seattle.

“For the most part, the claims are a bunch of malarkey,” wrote Danielle Holstein with Seattle Public Utilities in a statement.

SPU posted a short video on YouTube showing what the clogs look like and how difficult they are to remove.

“Despite its steady pumping, the station requires continual maintenance to free it of paper towels, tissues, wet wipes, and other products that should have been put in the trash,” wrote Holstein.

The video is both disgusting and the city hopes infuriating to taxpayers who foot the bill each time this kind of maintenance is required.

“It costs about $1 million each year to clean and maintain all of Seattle’s 68 sewage pump stations,” wrote Holstein.  “King County maintains another 14 pump stations within the City of Seattle.”

Clogs aren’t just disgusting and expensive, they also cause sewage overflows which leak right into Lake Washington, Lake Union and the Puget Sound.

SPU says the solution to these disgusting clogs is to ignore marketing claims and flush only things produced by your body and toilet paper.

“Please do not flush paper towels, facial tissue, cotton swabs, personal and baby wipes, hair, dental floss, feminine hygiene products, condoms or cat litter,” wrote Holstein.  “Even products advertised as “flushable” cause problems in the sewer, as they do not easily break down.”

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4 comments

  • IP: 174.34.753

    If a better video of the failure of socalism is out there, I haven’t seen it. No one feels the direct cost when flushing these non-flushable items — the bill is divided amongst all rate-payers, therefore anyone flushing yesterday will be flushing them tomorrow. Also, the city which provides this “service,” (actually forced upon you), has no incentive to improve the system as they make more money each unclogging. Weekend and holiday unclogging is equal to a boat payment.

    • mike

      You always have the option of having your water disconnected, at which point it wont be forced upon you. If you think city workers get a “boat payment” out of working weekends/after-hours/etc, you must have a very small boat. People are paid extra for working after-hours, overtime, etc. Ever have to leave a restaurant after ordering a meal, before you could eat, or even have it bagged, because you got paged into work for something serious? Suddenly double-time seems like very little.