News Flash

Home

Posted on: March 23, 2020

MDEQ Advises People to NOT Flush Disinfecting Wipes and Paper Towels

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is advising people to not flush disinfecting wipes, paper towels, or similar products in toilets but to dispose of them in household garbage. These items can cause damage to wastewater treatment and collection systems creating clogs, backups, pump failures, and sewer overflows creating additional public health issues. Wipes listed as “flushable” can also cause problems for wastewater and septic systems.


“An increasing number of people are currently at home and consuming more wipes and paper towels than normal. We are advising people to remember that toilets and wastewater systems are not designed to process those types of things, which we consider to be trash. Please dispose of these items properly with your other household garbage,” said Chris Wells, MDEQ Interim Executive Director.


Wipes are among the leading causes of sewer system backups and impacts to wastewater collection and treatment systems. Many centralized sewage collection systems depend on gravity and water flow to move human waste and biodegrable toilet paper. Other items in the system can result in backups and spills that can cause discharges to the state’s waterbodies creating public health and environmental issues.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home

court-1111

Jury Notice

Posted on: March 20, 2020
updated test locations

COVID-19 Testing Sites 3.24.2020

Posted on: March 24, 2020

2020 US Census Bureau Update

Posted on: March 23, 2020
msdh

MS Dept of Health 24-hour Hotline

Posted on: March 22, 2020
DESOTO COUNTY BUILDING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT SIGN

Planning Department Update

Posted on: March 20, 2020
Covid-19 precautions for Animal Control

Animal Services Update

Posted on: March 20, 2020
COVID19

Chancery Clerk's Office and COVID-19

Posted on: March 19, 2020

Tax Collector Response to COVID-19

Posted on: March 17, 2020
MSCmasterlogo-01

Please Complete the 2020 Census!

Posted on: March 17, 2020

Juvenile Court Response to COVID-19

Posted on: March 16, 2020
Earth Day Large Flier 2020

Earth Day 2020

Posted on: February 27, 2020