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Flushing face masks clogs sewers

Public Works officials are asking the public to avoid flushing things such as masks, wipes, rags and cooking grease.

GREER, S.C. — Officials in a South Carolina city say masks worn during the pandemic are among many items that have clogged its sewer system. 

The Greer Commission of Public Works is asking the public to avoid flushing things such as masks, wipes, rags and cooking grease. 

The Greenville News reports that officials expect the problem to get worse around the holidays. 

The pandemic may be triggering the behavior that's not flushing well in Greer. Greer Commission of Public Works said its customers are putting masks, wipes, rags, and cooking grease in its drains and sewer pipes. It's a problem they expect to get worse around the Christmas holiday.

The utility is urging customers to only flush toilet paper and avoid pouring cooking grease down drains.