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Not so 'flushable'

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

If you live in and around Tampa, when you flush, "it" all goes to the city's wastewater treatment plant.

"We collect and treat and dispose of on average 60 million gallons of wastewater a day," said director Anthony Kasper.

That's a whole lotta...well you get the idea.

But there's much more than just THAT, that comes here. And a recurring problem that's becoming a "number 1" issue at this "number 2" place are those flushable moist wipes.

"They're great products for their intended purpose, for cleaning up, but they don't break down in water," Kasper said.

Meaning they can cause clogs & backups in the system -- even overflows, especially if the so-called flushable wipes get past all the equipment at the plant. It's happened around the country, sending millions of dollars down the drain.

"Through the collection systems, we have 223 pump stations, we have instances where wipes or similar have caused blockages," Kasper said.

So why does it say "flushable" on the package?

"Flushable is a relatively undefined term in the industry," he said. "You can say ‘flushable.' it flushes down the toilet and out of your house, but doesn't mean it'll get down the pump downstream," he added.

The problem seems to be getting worse as these products become more and more popular. So here in Tampa, Kasper says don't flush them, toss them in the trash.

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