‘Blue Whale’ in sewer system? Flushing these items could do it


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Flushing these items could put a ‘Blue Whale’ in sewer system.

The City of Kankakee is asking residents to not flush items they’ve recently stock up on…outside of toilet paper.

Those items include disinfecting wipes, even if they say ‘flushable’, paper towels, tissues, feminine products, food, grease, baby wipes, wet wipes, cleaning pads, dental floss, q-tips, cotton balls, diapers, and pills. 

“It can cause damage and blockage. “ the City says.

The blockage, commonly referred to as a fatberg, occurs when these items are flushed, exposing workers to dangerous conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, having workers venture into sewage lines to flush them out and keep backups in the system from occurring.  Some fatbergs can weigh up to 40 tons, due to poor flushing by citizens.


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