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Posted on: March 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Don't Rush to Flush!

Do not flush wipes, paper towels or cotton balls

More time at home means more flushes. Stay vigilant in making sure you aren’t flushing wipes, paper towels or other items down the toilet. These household items and other debris flushed down the toilet cause severe disruption in our wastewater infrastructure and treatment processes.

Flushable is not always flushable

Even items labeled "flushable" can clog sewer pipes. Wipes, paper towels and personal care items (such as cotton balls) don’t break down in your home or on the way to the wastewater treatment plant. So, what happens when you flush them down the toilet or drain?

Since these items don’t break down as readily as toilet paper, they can tangle and clump together causing clogged pipes and sewage backups into your home or neighborhood. Defend your drains by disposing of these products in the trash before they cause unpleasant and expensive problems.

What not to flush

  • Baby wipes
  • Cleaning cloths such as Lysol
  • Facial wipes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Paper towels
  • Personal care items such as cotton balls and Q-tips

What can I flush?

Human waste and regular toilet paper are the only things you should flush down the toilet.

Learn more ways to Defend Your Drains and use proper disposal at

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