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Macomb County Public Works see rise in disposable wipes, PPE ending up in sewage system

https://www.wxyz.com/news/coronavirus/macomb-county-public-works-see-rise-in-disposable-wipes-ppe-ending-up-in-sewage-system

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — In just the first couple of weeks of the pandemic, Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller said the county's sewage system was getting overloaded with items that aren't supposed to be flushed.

“In one of our pump stations which really only handles about four or five of our communities, we had an almost 400 percent increase in wipes and disposable gloves," she said.

Miller, who is seeking re-election, has been outspoken about the problems associated with flushing personal wipes. This spring, she sued several companies that make the wipes over their labeling as "flushable."