No wipes down the pipe! Your toilet is not a trash can

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (March 24, 2020) – As more people take steps to keep their areas clean, more people are using sanitary wipes to do so but they’re not all disposing of them the way they should be.

The message from Oak Ridge Public Works: Your toilet is not a trash can. That means you should not flush any type of wipe, diapers or training pants, pet litter, paper towels, facial tissues, food, and/or sanitary or hygiene products.

Waste and toilet paper are the only things you should be flushing down the toilet.

Flushing wipes, and other items other than toilet paper, down the toilet can clog laterals, city pipes and pumps. A sewer lateral is the underground pipe that connects a residence or business to a main sewer line.

Fixing a clogged pipe can take a lot of time and cost a lot of money.

The City of Oak Ridge maintains over 30 wastewater lift stations and pumps throughout its more than 200-mile system.

So, when you flush the wrong thing, you could be adding to a bigger issue that can cause sewers to overflow. Non-flushable items, like wipes, can get trapped and cause damage to equipment in the wastewater treatment plants.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 25, Chandler 21, and Naomi 11. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 9 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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