Flushed: Burley wastewater getting clogged with disposable wipes

Flushed: Burley wastewater getting clogged with disposable wipes

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) - Wastewater workers in the south-central Idaho town of Burley say disposable wipes are clogging the system and costing taxpayers.

Wastewater Director Dee Hodge says crews are taking out big balls of wipes that don't disintegrate even though wipe makers say they're flushable.

Wastewater collection operator Stormy Oldham tells The Times-News in a story on Friday that the wipes get tangled in equipment, jam pumps and get caught on tree roots in sewer lines.

The city has about 50 miles of sewer pipes.

Oldham says crews can't see into the pipes so when someone reports a problem, it's too late.

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Information from: The Times-News