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What Not To Flush

What to flush

There are only three things you can safely flush down the toilet into the sewer system - pee, poo and (toilet) paper. Remember those three as the three Ps that you can flush. And don't forget, just because it says "flushable", does not really mean the item is flushable. 

Examples of what should not be flushed down toilets or poured down drains are as follows: 

  • Cloth rags or towels 

  • Baby wipes, Toilet wipes, Towelettes, Disinfecting wipes, or cloth wipes of any kind (even if the container indicates that they are “flushable”) 

  • Paper (other than toilet paper/tissue) 

  • Medications (Prescription, or over-the-counter. Medication and Sharps disposal container available at the Public Safety Building) 

  • Feminine hygiene products of any kind 

  • Beauty products, Q-Tips, dental floss 

  • Plastics of any kind 

  • Grease of any kind – especially cooking grease 

  • Garden supplies (such as pesticides, fertilizers) 

  • Paint, varnish, paint remover 

  • Motor oil, gasoline, or any explosive material 

Any of the above listed items should never go into the public sanitary sewer system and should be thrown out with the trash or disposed of properly. It is important to remember only water, human waste, and tissue paper should be flushed down toilets. Clogged pumps lead to sewer backups which can back up into homes leading to expensive repairs and cleaning. This cost is borne by you - the rate payer. Please help us to protect you, your neighbor, our crews and our sanitary sewer system from experiencing these backups.