What Not to Flush

The sewage system was designed to dispose of specific things.  However, many people now use their toilets for the disposal of many modern day household products.  Over several years “flushable” products have become prevalent.  These products are labeled as disposable or flushable and unfortunately are not biodegradable like toilet paper.  This can cause clogging pipes and have the potential of sewage backups into homes.


(Non-flushable items caught on the impeller of the pump at the Sewage Treatment Plant)

Many products that are flushed down the toilet do not pass easily through the pumps and can get trapped on the impellers of the pumps, creating maintenance and operational problems. These products can also cause problems with mechanical equipment at the sewage treatment plant and are necessary to remove during the treatment process.                          

 RESIDENTS CAN HELP BY AVOIDING FLUSHING THESE AND SIMILAR ITEMS:

-Diapers- cloth, disposable or “flushable”

-Napkins/ paper or cloth/ paper towels

-Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, moist wipes, etc.

-Toilet bowl scrub pads

-Swiffers

-Dental floss

-Hair

-Sanitary napkins, tampons, or any non-organic item

-Vitamins, medicines or other pharmaceuticals

-Wash cloths, towels, rags, and clothes

-Sheet plastic, or plastic of any kind

-Grease