Shredded t-shirts causes sewer backup in Redding

The toilet paper shortage has some people using cut-up clothing and flushing it down the toilet.

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 7:07 PM

REDDING, Calif. - The toilet paper shortage has some people using cut-up clothing and flushing it down the toilet.

People on Russel Street and Sharon Avenue reported that their water running really slow.
The Redding Wastewater Management team went door-to-door hanging flyers on people’s homes saying “Think Before You Flush”.

Workers found a blob of shredded t-shirts the pipes at one of its lift stations Wednesday night.
They managed to avoid a spill but say next time it could be too late with sewage backing up into showers and sinks.

“It's really going to clog up all the sewer systems,” said Cameron Martin of Redding. “It's going to cause backups and it's going to be really bad for the aftermath.”

“When they plug the pipes up and it overflows it has to go someplace,” said Josh Vandiver, the Wastewater Utility Manager with the city. “It ends up in the houses, on the ground, into the creeks.”

Redding Wastewater Management tells Action News Now, it worked on a total of five sewage overflows in 2019. But due to the toilet paper shortage, they expect to see that number go up this year.

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