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Be clean to combat spread of COVID-19, but watch what you flush

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NORTHEAST Ind. (WPTA21) - Folks are sensitive right now about avoiding contact with germs and keeping surfaces clean around home, as they should be.

But if you're not careful, those cleaning practices can cause problems with backups in area sewer systems.

It's not appropriate for you or your family to send just anything through the system.

The town of Huntertown this week sent out a Facebook message saying its utility workers are seeing an increase in non-biodegradable materials.

Rubber gloves and wet wipes are in heavy usage now.

They might be marketed as "flushable", but officials warn you should not flush them down the toilet.

Wastewater staff in the City of Auburn is also on the look-out for debris, such as wet wipes, that can cause a backup of sewage in your home or in your neighborhood.

"Those tend to congregate inside of lift stations and then they end up plugging pumps...And obviously, gloves will be even worse than that, with them being rubber, there's no chance of them breaking down," said Todd Sattison, Auburn's wastewater superintendent.

He says the right thing to do with those products--the gloves and wet wipes-- once you're done wearing them or cleaning with them, is to throw them away in the regular trash.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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