‘Flushable’ wipes

The flushable wipes story is intriguing the news agencies over the last few months with a number of interviews and a few articles Both CWWA Executive Director Robert Haller and the MESUG spokesman Barry Orr have been spokesman for the subject. Since the early 1980’s the development and marketing of flushable products has grown exponentially.

Currently, there is no provincial or federal law, nor legally binding definition of what constitutes a ‘flushable’ consumer product.  The operation and maintenance cost for the wastewater industry in dealing with these products is an issue. Pollution prevention initiatives, such manufacturing product standards, are the most cost effective way to deal with the problem.

The CWWA Wastewater Committee is working on a position paper and developing a formal position statement. CWWA members are also part of the ISO Tech. Committee 224 Mirror Committee and have begun the process to initiate an ISO Standard for wipes. CWWA has also been invited to participate in the Industry (INDA) Work Group – at no cost – with WEF and NACWA..

Below is the latest clip- Jan 16/2014

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/flushable-wipes-blamed-for-clogging-sewage-systems-1.2499631

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