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Diaper dumping clogs up sewers in East Longmeadow

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The town of East Longmeadow has a dumping issue, and offenders may not even know they are the culprits.

An East Longmeadow DPW spokesperson said people are flushing diapers and wipes down their toilets in such quantities that parts of the town's sewer system backed up and leaked into people's homes.

"We had a sewer block caused by some foreign substances flushed down the toilets from some of the neighboring residents, mostly diapers and wipes," said DPW Deputy Superintendent, Thomas Christensen. 

Christensen told Western Mass News they discovered the problem a few days ago when a homeowner called to say they had sewage in their basement.
When the DPW went out to find the blockage and cleaned it, they found a clog of diapers and similar products. 

"It blocked the flow and every lateral along the way as the water starts blocking and filling up the pipe it starts filling up all the laterals," Christensen explained. 
By laterals, he means homes that are mostly, along Mapleshade Avenue in the area of Day Avenue. 

"The sewer in that area is relatively flat, so any build up starts to build up more and more. People don't realize they can't flush anything they want down the toilet," Christensen continued. 
He said the recent incident is not an isolated one. In fact, it's happening more and more. 
"We have a pretty good maintenance program so most of our sewer pipes are fairly clean of debris. But, when people start putting stuff down there they're not supposed to, we start having problems," Chirstensen added.  
He asks residents to use common sense.

"You know what you're supposed to do and not supposed to do, so try to keep the diapers and a lot of the flushable wipes don't disintegrate like they should," he noted. 
The town has asked residents by robo-call and on it's website to flush only items intended to be flushed.
Western Mass News was told the clog is now cleared, for now.  

For more information on the town's sewer policies, please visit the link here.

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