“Flushable” baby wipes and cleaning wipes might seem more sanitary than using washcloths and sponges. However, they can clog up the pumps and digesters in wastewater treatment plants.
The Port Huron Times Herald reports the Algonac Wastewater Treatment Plant (aka my friendly neighborhood sewage plant) spent $72K in 2012 cleaning out a clog. This year they’re going to spend $600K in improvements, but that won’t stop all the clogging.
So in the end, the “convenient” wipes are going to raise the prices on our utility bills.