Californians using — and flushing — T-shirts instead of toilet paper, causing sewage backup amid coronavirus spread

Amid a toilet paper shortage thanks to COVID-19, Californians have taken to using — and flushing — T-shirts instead.

It’s become such a problematic “solution” to an unfortunate problem that officials in Redding, Calif., have had to tell residents to stop after discovering it was clogging the sewer system.

“Last night, City of Redding Wastewater Management responded to a sewer backup at one of its lift stations,” the city said in a news release on Thursday.

“The pumps were clogged by what appeared to be shredded T-shirts that were used in place of toilet paper.”

The message continued with a new slogan.

“If you should need to use anything aside from toilet paper, remember this important message: ‘Bag it. Don’t flush it.’”

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