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Disposable wipes causing headaches for treatment plant

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Greenfield sewage treatment plant workers cleans out  equipment clogged by supposedly disposable wipes.

Sunbmitted photo Greenfield sewage treatment plant workers cleans out equipment clogged by supposedly disposable wipes.

GREENFIELD — Disposable wipes, which are being advertised as “flushable,” are giving local wastewater treatment plant workers a huge headache because they are getting tangled in sewers, and it’s costing the town time and money.

Mark Holley, Greenfield’s water facilities superintendent, said wipes advertised as flushable are really not and are snarling the sewage treatment system.

“They get tangled and weave around equipment and cause lots of damage,” said Holley, who said he believes many people buy the disinfecting wipes because they are convenient.

“These so-called disposable wipes do not break down in water like toilet paper does, for example. It has cost the department several thousand dollars and a lot of manpower and time each year to untangle and remove them.”

Holley said ideally, toilet paper is all that should be flushed into the sewer system.

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