Officials in Jacksonville have confirmed that baby wipes being flushed down commodes is the reason that thousands of gallons of untreated sewage spilled into a Jacksonville creek.
Officials say the spill happened Monday around 10 p.m. near Indian Drive and Brookdale Plaza and nearly 4,000 gallons of sewage spilled into a tributary of Mill Creek.
Undissolved baby wipes and other similar products were pulled from the sewer lines and is the reason the line was blocked, which caused the sewage to back up and spill out of a manhole.
Jacksonville say the items below should not be flushed:
• Any non-organic material
• Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, and moist wipes
• Cans, bottles, bricks, glass, and wood
• Clothing, wash cloths, towels, and rags (any cloth item)
• Dental floss, toothpaste, and vitamins
• Diapers and adult protective underwear (cloth, disposable, or “flushable”)
• Egg shells, nutshells, and coffee grounds
• Facial tissues, napkins, and paper towels
• Fats, oils, and greases
• Food items containing seeds and peelings
• Medicines or syringes
• Plastic of any kind
• Sanitary napkins, tampons, tampon applicators, and condoms
• Toilet bowl scrub pads