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Wipes and Other Debris Cause Damage to Sewer Systems

May 16, 2023

Sewer infrastructure is one of the most crucial pieces to public health. Help us keep it working properly by only flushing #1, #2, and toilet paper down the toilet! This picture shows real examples of items we’ve removed from the system.


Protect our water and sewage pipes by avoiding flushing or putting these items down the drain. Put them in the trash instead.

  • "Flushable" wipes - these items, while marketed as flushable, are commonly the cause of major build up in sewage pipes
  • Tampons, condoms and feminine hygiene products 
  • Contact lenses
  • Cooking oil and grease residue - bag oil or place in a non-recyclable container then throw into the trash
  • Fat trimmings 
  • Q-tips 
  • Toilet cleaning pads - yes, even those "flushable" ones
  • Toys
  • Paper towels  

When placed down the drain, these items can wreak havoc on sewer lines and also cause sewage overflows in homes, businesses and local waterways.