- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management is launching a campaign to bring awareness to how flushing wipes affect the sewer systems.

Watershed Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina says the “Don’t Believe the Hype - Don’t Flush Your Wipes” campaign will launch in a news conference on Tuesday. Watershed management hopes to educate residents in the city of Atlanta on how wipes affect the sewer system and the long-standing environment issues.

Watershed management said in a news release that everything from baby to makeup wipes that are flushed create significate harm to residential sewer pipes and the city’s wastewater system and treatment facilities. They say it could lead to millions of dollars in equipment damage.

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This story has been corrected to show that the news conference is planned for Tuesday.

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