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Face Masks and Wipes in Plumbing Systems

Many of our officials today are pleading to Americans to stop flushing face masks, gloves, and, most significantly, wet wipes. In an article published by the New York Times, wastewater officials and plumbers nationwide ask Americans to stop flushing wipes down the toilet using the hashtag #WipesClogPipes.

Wastewater comptrollers also say gloves and face masks are in the clogged pipes. Our sanitary workers and plumbing companies work more hours than usual.

What Can I Flush?

TOILET PAPER. That’s it. It’s the only thing you can flush down the toilet besides human waste. Face masks, latex gloves, and wet wipes don’t disintegrate down the pipes, so they had to go to the dumpster.

On the other hand, tissue papers are designed to be thick enough to wipe and adequately light to dissolve in the sewer pipes—making a clog-free sewage system throughout the city. 

What is our alternative? Bidet.

Use bidet. Don’t you know that a bidet is more beneficial than tissue and wet wipes? Besides that, it conserves more water than producing tissue papers and wipes; it is also known to be more sanitary. Here are just a few of the benefits that won’t clog your pipes: 

  • Less expensive plumbing issues than clogged toilets
  • Cost-Efficient
  • More comprehensive cleaning
  • Healthier for women and expecting mothers
  • Eco-friendly
  • Cost-Efficient
  • More comfortable and gentler to skin
  • Easy to use for those with mobility issues

As per a team of “toilet crusaders,” an innovative group called Hello Tushyit takes 37 gallons of water to make one toilet paper roll. By increasing the awareness of global wastefulness, they continue to make bidets a thing, while the proceeds of their sales will also help build community toilets in India to live a healthier, more productive, and more dignified life. Isn’t it amazing? 

All we can do is be aware while others even move out of it. It doesn’t hurt, and not yet too late to be more environmentally responsible.

Unlog Your Toilet

How do we keep our sewage systems clean and clog-free? 

It’s an easy thing to do, yet it comes a long way to dispose of our waste properly. If it’s latex, it has to go to the bin. 

Also, don’t just throw it out on the curb or the roadside. Look for a garbage bin, and if there’s none, keep hold of it until you find one—easy-peasy yet beneficial for our sewage.

At the end of the day, all these small efforts and milestones won’t go to waste. Not only does it promote a healthier way of living during the pandemic, but it also creates a more significant cause for the environment. Most importantly, it can spare you another appointment with your plumber. 

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