Masks, Gloves, Other PPE Create Local Litter Issues

ROYERSFORD PA – Coronavirus protective equipment that’s become passer-by debris is posing a challenge for the Pennsylvania American Water, which provides water services in the Royersford, Phoenixville, and Norristown areas.

“As more people wear masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, more personal protective gear is ending up as litter on streets and sidewalks,” according to James Gable, the company’s senior manager of operations for southeast Pennsylvania.

Those items, increasingly widespread following the start of the pandemic, should always go in the trash. Sadly, Gable observed, that isn’t happening consistently.

Purposely trashed, sometimes dropped, or unknowingly lost masks – and gloves too – occasionally make their way into storm drains, causing blockages and other serious problems. He asked customers and others to ensure disposable masks and gloves do not end up in the wrong places.

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