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Flushing anything but human waste and toilet paper can cause big problems for your plumbing, our sewer system and the environment.

toilets are not trashcans

Even if the package says “flushable”, products such as wipes and feminine hygiene products should be put in the trash can and not down the commode. They don’t dissolve well - or at all - in water. If a scrap of undissolved material gets caught on a nick or bend in a pipe, it can buildup to create a blockage that could cause a sewer back up in a home or neighborhood. They also clog pipes and machinery at sewer lift stations forcing messy and costly repairs. Here’s a list of other items NOT to flush:

  • Bandages
  • Cat litter
  • Cigarette butts
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Condoms
  • Dental Floss
  • Diapers
  • Dryer sheets
  • Facial tissues
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hair
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet bowl scrubber pads
  • Wipes
  • Wrappers

Confused about what to flush? Read this to learn how you can help keep water working.

Learn more watching “Will it Flush?”


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