Chicopee Reminds Residents Of Water Pollution Safety


Photo: City of Chicopee / Mayor's Office (Facebook)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – One city in Western Massachusetts is reminding residents to watch what they flush to protect the health and safety of others.

After positing a photo on Facebook of a severely clogged sewage pipe, the City of Chicopee is warning residents about the dangers of flushing disinfecting wipes, gloves diapers and tissues down the toilet.

The post, coming from the Mayor’s Office, said that even though these items are marked as flushable, they are not designed to break down in a sewer system and should instead be thrown in the trash. In addition, flushing these items can pose certain health risks for the individuals who work directly in water pollution control.

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“Please remember to only flush human waste and toilet paper,” the post read. “Having fully operational wastewater services is critical to containing COVID-19 and protecting Americans from other public health risks.”

Others also chimed in on the matter by commenting on the post. One individual, who identified as a property manager, wrote, “DO NOT FLUSH CAT LITTER! It clumps and you will damage not only the pipes in your home but going out as well!”

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