Municipal Sewer System

COVID-19 and Municipal Sewer Systems

5/28/2020 4:00 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges over the past several months, but a unique challenge to wastewater collection systems has been the toilet paper shortages. Although the supply chains have largely improved since the initial shortages, there has been an increased use of paper towels, napkins and “flushable” wipes as alternatives to toilet paper. Unfortunately, these products can cause extensive damage to municipal wastewater collection systems since they do not break down at the same rate as toilet paper.