Janesville sees uptick in sewer issue, ‘likely due to the COVID-19 situation’

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JANESVILLE, Wis. — Janesville wastewater workers have noticed an increase in sanitizing wipes coming into the facility that could cause costly blockages.

The wipes are likely due to the COVID-19 situation, according to a city of Janesville news release. Staff are reminding residents that all wipes – even those labeled “flushable” – are problematic to sewer systems as they don’t break down and often cause large stoppages that have to be manually removed.

The city is asking residents to remember not to flush wipes, feminine hygiene products, medicines, bandages, plastic materials or anything other than toilet paper in their homes.

Read the city’s news release here.

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