Local conducts experiment on flushable wipes

Several weeks ago citizen Joe Bailey showed up at the Lawton City Council meeting to demonstrate his experiment on flushable wipes.
Published: Jun. 6, 2022 at 6:17 PM CDT
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LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) -Several weeks ago citizen Joe Bailey showed up at the Lawton City Council meeting to demonstrate his experiment on flushable wipes.

Lawton resident Joe Bailey spends the extra money to buy flushable wipes for his household. So, when he heard the Superintendent of Wastewater Collection tell the public flushable wipes were the problem, he took it upon himself to test it.

“So I conducted an experiment and I was greatly relieved when I discovered that what I had been using was indeed operating as advertised,” said Bailey.

Bailey then compared toilet paper, baby wipes, and Clorox wipes against flushable wipes in a very simple homemade experiment. He attempted this on three different occasions to make sure he got the same results.

“I dropped a flushable wipe and tissue in this bowl about 10 minutes ago. As you can see both of them are disintegrating at about the same rate,” he said.

He encourages others to do their own experiment, and not just take his word for it. I also spoke to the director of Public Utilities Rusty Whisenhunt who responded to this experiment.

“There are some flushable wipes that do breakdown just like toilet paper does break down, but not all toilet paper breaks down very easily,” said Whisenhunt.

He also suggested testing the products out like Mr. Bailey did.

“Put it in a container if it dissolves in 5 minutes, then they know they are safe. But if it comes pre-wetted, most of the wetting agents are partially water, so it would already be breaking down in the package if water broke it down,” he said.

Whisenhunt also says that many companies have taken the word “flushable” off their products to avoid more confusion among consumers.

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