It's already a dirty job, but the amount of cleansing wipes clogging up Durango's sewer system has the department begging for relief.
Premoistened wipes are less dissolvable than regular toilet paper, city workers are spending more time and money cleaning the city's sewer system and fixing equipment. With the situation reaching epic proportions, Utilities Director Steve Salka is pleading for residents to stop the flushing.
The wipes jam sewer pumps and also binds with grease people pour down sinks.
Durango city workers recently removed about 300 pounds of grease and wipes from the sewer service line connecting the Durango Welcome Center on Main Avenue.