A Message from Mayor Mike Purzycki
I ask all Wilmington residents to take care of each other – taking special care of our elderly and infirm neighbors – and be mindful of your own actions during this uncertain and unsettling time. We want everyone to stay safe from the effects of the novel coronavirus, and not to contribute to the spread of this deadly illness. This includes following the advice of medical experts, such as washing your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and maintain social distancing while limiting personal interactions as much as possible.
All of us in public service around the state are taking our guidance from Governor John Carney and his excellent team of health care and emergency management experts, who continue to provide valuable information each day as this emergency unfolds. I urge all City residents and businesses to follow the directives of the Governor’s Office while we remain under a declared state of emergency.
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4/3/2020 6:00:00 PM
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4/3/2020 5:00:00 PM
Two Additional Wilmington Police Officers Test Positive for the Coronavirus
4/2/2020 5:00:00 PM
Mayor Mike Purzycki Shares Governor Carney’s Community Call-to-Action for Emergency Materials and Supplies in Support of COVID-19 Response
4/2/2020 3:00:00 PM
Mayor Purzycki Shares Governor Carney’s Ninth Modification to the Delaware State of Emergency
4/2/2020 12:00:00 PM
The City of Wilmington is asking residents to avoid flushing sanitation wipes even if the package states they are flushable. Other alternatives to toilet paper, including paper towels and facial tissues, also should not be flushed in local sewer lines as people practice guidelines to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While the flushable wipes concern is not new to wastewater facilities, there is an increased risk to our system due to the current shortage of toilet paper.
The City is working closely with Veolia North America, which operates and maintains the wastewater treatment plant, to educate people about the need to avoid flushing inappropriate items down their toilets.
We ask that our community members pay extra attention to what items they are using and flushing and remind you not to flush anything other than toilet paper, whether being used for personal hygiene purposes or for wiping and cleaning surfaces. Although many so-called disposable hand wipes are advertised as being safe for flushing, in reality they can cause backups in the system and contribute to the buildup of foreign materials. In some cases, they can attach to buildups of grease in the system and create large blockages called fatbergs.
Here are some items that should not be flushed down sewer lines:
- Paper towels
- Wet wipes/baby wipes
- Facial tissues
As a general reminder, here are Dos and Don’ts for avoiding backups in the local sewer lines:
- DO NOT flush wipes, gloves, towels or other trash down the toilet, even if they’re labeled flushable.
- DO NOT pour grease down kitchen sinks or toilets. Instead, put grease in a sealed non-recyclable container and throw it out with regular garbage.
- DO NOT use the sink as a toilet or the toilet as a garbage disposal. DO reduce and reuse by using compostable or reusable makeup applicators, like cotton balls, and cleaning supplies, like paper towels or rags.
- DO toss dirty baby, makeup and cleaning wipes, tampons, sanitary pads and condoms in the trash.
- DO recycle finished toilet rolls, cardboard packaging from toothpaste and brushes, and plastic packaging from shampoos and shower gels.
Thank you for helping to keep our community and facilities clean and functioning.
The City is still open and conducting business to the best of our ability. However, to help limit exposure to the virus by City workers as well as members of the public, if you do have to conduct business with the City we ask that you do via telephone by calling (302) 576-2620, or here on the City's website.
Please stay informed and protect yourself and others while doing what you can to support the many members of our community who are struggling. The economic impacts of this pandemic will be felt for a long time to come, so if you can, consider supporting those in the hospitality industry by ordering a take-out meal until bars and restaurants are permitted to reopen, or support your favorite artist or musician by purchasing merchandise from their website or perhaps contributing to an emergency fund. You can even lend a hand – or request assistance – through Facebook community groups like The Helpers: Delaware Pandemic Response.We are all in this together, and working together as a community, we will get through this. Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation.