Wipes and paper towels do not break down like toilet paper does in water. They are stronger, and many wipes include plastics and materials like nylon. That means bad news for sewer systems, some of which already are experiencing problems during the coronavirus crisis.
- State Water Resources Control Board news release: Public advised to NOT flush disinfecting wipes, paper towels down toilet – throw them away instead
- State Water Resources Control Board news release: Se recomienda no tirar toallitas disenfectantes o toallas de papel por el inodoro – tiralos en la basura