What Not to Flush

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Did you know? 

Clogged Sewer MachineryWhen you flush your toilet, materials leave your home through pipes that connect to the City's wastewater system. But, many materials can harm or block the pipes in the system.

The image on the right is caused by 1,000's of baby wipes! Yuck!

Toilet paper breaks down in water and rarely causes a blockage, but other materials do not and get caught in machinery in the wastewater treatment plant. Repairs are costly on this machinery. We ask that you take a moment to learn what NOT to flush, to help save us all time and resources.

Flush ONLY human waste and toilet paper.

The following items may seem harmless, but please do NOT flush:

  • Paper Products (tissues, paper towel or napkins
  • Wipes of any kind (baby, cleaning, makeup)
  • Disposable Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Q-tips, cotton balls and cotton swabs
  • Bandages & wrappings
  • Medications

These items are also harmful to our sewer treatment machinery:

  • Dental floss
  • Disposable toilet cleaning brushes
  • Cat litter
  • Condoms
  • Hair from hairbrushes
  • Toothpicks
  • Fats, oils or grease
  • Needles and Sharps (these should go in Biohazard containers!)
  • Motor oil, Varsol and paint thinner

When in doubt, put it in the trash! Thank You!