Maybe this is a bit of hyperbole, but baby wipes may be one of the greatest inventions ever.

From cleaning baby’s bottoms to removing eye makeup to blotting out stains, they’ve become a must-have in many households.

The use of  of disposable wipes increased during the pandemic, but officials say disposable wipes lead to costly damage to sewer pipes and pump stations.

Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice S. Miller says wipes should never be flushed, even if labeling on packages indicate they are flushable.

“In early 2018, approximately 70 tons of debris that had accumulated over a period of three years was removed from the Northeast Sewage Pumping Station in Detroit. Three years later, a crew that recently completed a cleaning removed approximately 270 tons of debris,” Miller said. “That’s a huge – and troubling — increase.

“It’s unfortunate that people continue to flush these wipes. It is causing more problems and more expense for every sewer system,” Miller said. “Throw them in the garbage after use. Do not flush them down the toilet.”

According to Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash, “Wipes form clumps that grow into hard masses creating blockages in sewer pipes. They are not safe for the sewer system and should not be flushed down the toilet. We are seeing an uptick of issues specifically at the Oakland-Macomb Interceptor sewer system and pumping station. It is taking crews longer than expected to clean the systems due to the build-up of ‘flushable’ wipes. The cost of cleaning the wipes is costly to the system and its rate-payers.”

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Increased use of disposable wipes in Oakland & Macomb counties can lead to sewer damage, officials say

(WXYZ) - The use of disposable wipes appears to be increasing during the pandemic, the Macomb County Public Works Commission says. Officials say disposable wipes lead to costly damage to sewer pipes and pump stations serving both Macomb and Oakland counties. MCPW Commissioner Candice S.