What Not to Flush

When you use your toilet, shower, washing machine or dishwasher, wastewater leaves your home through pipes that connect to the City's sewer system.

Many materials frequently flushed down the drain can harm the pipes that connect to City sewers, as well as the City's sewer system and the Water Reclamation Facility. Every property owner connected to the City sewer system can be a potential contributor to sewer problems, and a potential victim of those problems.

Putting the wrong things down the drain can damage the sewer system, cause sewer backups, and sewer releases to the environment. Anyone who uses the city sewer system should be responsible for what they flush or pour down drains.

To avoid disruptions to your service we are asking that you please be considerate of what you discharge to the sewer system.

Basically, the only things you should ever flush down a toilet are human waste (urine and feces) and toilet paper. Even though some products such as wipes and baby diapers claim to be flushable, they aren't. Here is a list of some things to keep out of the toilet.

  • Flushable wipes
  • Facial tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Cleaning wipes of any kind
  • Disposable diapers
  • Tampons and tampon applicators
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Mini or maxi pads
  • Condoms
  • Bandages and bandage wrappings