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