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The shortage of toilette paper due to over-buying can have long lasting consequences that could cost taxpayers in the form of expensive repairs to our infrastructure. Alternatives to toilet paper including paper towels, "flushable" wipes, napkins, and facial tissues should not be flushed in local sewer lines. While this concern is not new to wastewater facilities, there is an increased risk to our system due to the current shortage of toilet paper.
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:
As a general reminder, here are “Dos and Don’ts” for avoiding backups in the local sewer lines:
Thank you for helping keep our community and facilities clean and functioning!