Divers remove wet wipes from Charleston Water Treatment Plant after massive backup

(Charleston Water System)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Charleston Water System is asking residents to not flush wet wipes down the toilet, after they contributed to a massive backup at the Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.

CWS says divers went 80 to 90 feet down the pitch-black wet well filled with raw sewage, and had to use their hands to identity the obstructions.

Since Thursday, it said employees have been working 24/7 to remove the wipes. CWS said it took a series of bypass pumps to handle to daily flow, and get the wet well back to normal levels.

Divers also found other non-flushables, including a baseball and a big piece of metal.

CWS says the only things that should be flushed are waste and toilet paper.

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