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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Think Before You Flush

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:

  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • 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 compost-able 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 keep our community and facilities clean and functioning!