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Toilet paper shortage leads to sewer backup in Redding

With more people in their homes, the management says people should refrain from flushing anything but toilet paper.

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 1:51 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2020 2:09 PM

REDDING, Calif. - The toilet paper shortage has struck America while buyers line-up outside stores and in Redding it caused a sewer back-up.

On March 18, the city's Wastewater Management was called to a sewer backup where pumps were clogged by what appeared to be shredded t-shirts after they were used as toilet paper.

The management says they were able to avert the spill but this has alerted them of larger environmental and health ramifications.

With more people in their homes, the management says people should refrain from flushing anything but toilet paper.

"If you should need to use anything aside from toilet paper, remember this important message: 'Bag it. Don’t flush it,'" the management said.

Many products falsely claim to be flushable and any number of those products could eventually cause a sewer back-up.

"Clogs in the sewer system can cause fecal matter to back up into showers, toilets and sinks," said the management. "During this time
of self-quarantine, unnecessary backups would not be able to be addressed as promptly."

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