Wipes clogged these sewage pumps in Springfield, MA
Springfield Water & Sewer Dept.
Flushed wipes in a clog under Commonwealth Avenue in Boston Credit: Boston Water & Sewer Commission, Adrianna Cillo
Bills filed for the 2021-2022 Legislative Session that we are supporting:
Issue: Massachusetts sewers face avoidable costs for clogs, fouled pumps and resulting sanitary sewer overflows. As the popularity of various wipes increases and users flush them, these costs will increase.
Background: Since the early 2000s, wipes have been aggressively marketed as a replacement for toilet paper, mops, cleaning brushes and rags. This multi-billion-dollar industry has had disastrous impacts on local sewer systems as clogs and fouled pumps increase.
These bills include strong, specific language.
 “One report from a product development company estimated the global market for these nonwoven wipes of all kinds to be $16.6 billion in 2018, with a growth rate of 5.7 percent a year, which would push the total to nearly $22 billion by 2023” (https://undark.org/2019/12/23/flushable-wipes/)
 The International Water Services Flushability Group (IWSFG) has specifications.
 See the 2nd Edition INDA/EDANA Code of Practice: Communicating Appropriate disposal pathways for nonwoven wipes. (INDA is the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry; EDANA is the European Disposables and Nonwoven Association)
Model legislation is available through NACWA and the Wastewater Advisory Committee to the MWRA
SD.1057, An Act protecting water systems through the labeling of flushable wipes. Sponsor is Senator James B. Eldridge. Link to bill text > https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/SD1057
HD.1625, An Act protecting water systems through the labeling of flushable wipes. Sponsor is Representative Carolyn Dykema Link to bill text > https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/HD1625
These associations and organizations support these bills
ACEC/MA, American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts
MAWEA, Massachusetts Water Environment Association
MMMA, Massachusetts Municipal Association
WAC, Wastewater Advisory Committee to the MWRA
WSCAC, Water Supply Citizens Advisory Committee to the MWRA
NEWEA, New England Water Environment Association
Yankee Onsite Wastewater Association
Eldridge-Dykema bill seeks to flush away those clogged-up pipes: https://www.metrowestdailynews.com/story/news/2021/03/19/eldridge-dykema-bill-seeks-get-non-flushable-wipes-out-sewer-systems/4755841001/
Cosponsors as of 3/3/2021
House Cosponsors as of 3/3/2021
Yankee Onsite Wastewater Association https://www.yankeeonsite.org/
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