Across the country and around the globe sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants are faced with operational challenges caused by the use of wet-wipes. These products do not break down in the sewer system and can catch on tree roots, accumulate with fats, oils and grease and become entangled into large rags that clog pipes and pumps. These rag masses can cause sanitary sewer overflows, backups, and equipment failure causing public health risks and costly repairs to equipment.
Many of these products are labeled as "flushable" giving people the impression they are safe to use, when in reality they are clearly not. AB 1672, introduced by Assemblymember Bloom, will prohibit single-use wet wipe products that do not meet specific performance standards which are deemed safe for sewer and septic systems to be labeled as flushable. This is an important piece of legislation that LVMWD and other waste water providers support and helps to ensure that our wastewater collection systems and treatment facilities are able to do their jobs and protect human and environmental health.
The Las Virgenes-Triunfo Joint Powers Authority, made up of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) and the Triunfo Sanitation District, urge our customers to educate themselves about AB 1672 and how "flushable" wipes are not actually "flushable." This bill seeks to correctly label single-use wipes appropriately to help protect sanitation pipes from clogging and minimize public health risks.