City officials in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach agree... there is little truth in the advertisements for FLUSHABLE WIPES. While companies like Cottonelle and Charmin tell consumers their wipes CAN, in fact, be sent down the drain... Local utility companies say otherwise. Look at this photo from Jax Beach officials. So-called, "flushable wipes" CLOGGED up this pipe ... and officials say it takes a lot of time and money to fix it. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem has this CONSUMER ALERT. 3 3 00-0520-2508-141:58-2:05 51:42 When you hear "flushable wipe" you assume it's safe...That it's going to break apart once inside the toilet...but that's where you would be wrong.Gerri Boyce, JEA 45:38 Really the only thing you should be flushing down the toilet that is inorganic is toilet paper anything else has a possibility of causing clogs. Gerri Boyce with JEA says it's becoming a messy problem..people flushing so called flushable wipes down their toilets and in turn having to call the plummer because they end up clogging the pipes.JEA takes care of over 3000 miles of sewage pipes... it says when there's damage it's reflected in JEA's rates...so even if it doesn't affect your home flushing wipes down the toilet may still affect you in the long run.The city of Jacksonville Beach sent us these pictures of clogged pipes due to flushable wipes...saying the hours it takes to unclog their pumps is very expensive and these wipes can cost the consumer twice once for your home with a plumber and next in your taxes. The city says it's gone from cleaning its main pipe from once a year to once or twice a week because of these wipes.46:06 if you have any stoppages in your house that means the sewage has nowhere to go so it's going to come up either in your toilet in your sinks in your showers...Consumer Reports checked out flushable wipes...The products all say they're flushable and make claims like "sewer and septic safe" and "breaks up after flushing." But after spending five dollars getting wipes, at the end if you flush those into the toilet, you could end up paying hundreds of dollars for plumbing services.46:26 Anything that damages your pipes it's going to be reflected in your rates you also want to protect the environment you don't want the sewage in your neighborhood or community.While no one wants to deal with sewage in the home...the sewage problem could also end up in the streets...46:54 Think about our system like your veins and arteries if you have too much grease it constricts them and that's what happens to the sewage system CLOSE: 51:53 So if you use flushable wipes do not throw them in the commode instead throw them in the trash.Ashley Mitchem C4 TLS.