Despite scarcity, officials warn to flush only toilet paper

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Toilet paper has become a scarce commodity as the coronavirus spreads. But sanitation officials in southeastern Virginia are still warning people to flush only toilet paper and nothing else.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday that local officials are anticipating possible backups or overflows at treatment facilities from people flushing items other than toilet paper.

Lacie Wever, a spokeswoman for Hampton Roads Sanitation District, said this is not the time for people to flush personal hygiene wipes or cleaning cloths. She said that even if a package says a product is flushable, do not flush it.

She added that people should not flush paper towels or even facial tissues. She explained that toilet paper is designed to break down, while other products are not.