Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Jun 13

Wipes in your Pipes

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 8:56 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

  at the Town of Webster Wastewater Treatment Plant and the 22 pump stations.  The wipes that I am talking about are not just baby wipes, they are the Clorox and Lysol wipes that you purchase at the store to use to disinfect your home and/or place of business.

There has recently been much controversy on the labeling of these wipes as being flushable.  While the labels may say that they are flushable, they are not degradable in our wastewater system and have been causing backups in to homes.  These wipes cause many backups and possible sewer spills from pumps being plugged and blockages in your home laterals that connect to the main sewer lines.

The town does have the ability to run a camera in to the pipes and find the location of where the wipes/blockage is coming from.  If you are found to be putting these wipes in to the wastewater system, any backups will fall on to your homeowner’s insurance policy as the town is not responsible for the damages.

Again, these wipes SHOULD NOT BE FLUSHED.  The town has had to appropriate $30,000.00 for a grinder and a mixer to add to two of our 22 pump stations to try to keep these wipes under control and that continue to clog the pumps and main sewers.  More will have to be added in the future if residents continue to flush these wipes.  When these wipes reach the wastewater treatment plant they have to be removed from the sewage and thrown in the garbage that gets taken to a landfill at an additional cost.

Please, if you use any type of these wipes like Clorox, Lysol, baby wipes, etc. just toss them in the garage and NOT in your toilet to flush and create potential problems.

Pharmaceutical Waste Drop Box Update

In 2016, from January to May, the Pharmaceutical Waste Drop Box inside the lobby at Town Hall has taken in 643 pounds of unused, unwanted or expired medication! 

Once again, this permanent pharmaceutical waste drop box can be found inside the Webster Town Hall, located at the Police Department entrance, 1000 Ridge Road, during regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Items accepted at the drop box include any unused, unwanted or expired medication such as prescriptions, prescription patches, prescription medication, prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples and medications for pets. 

Items that are NOT accepted include hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans, ointments, lotions, or liquids, thermometers, needles (sharps) and medication from businesses or clinics.

As always, if you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at  

Ronald W. Nesbitt