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Flush Brochure

Clean water is critical to sustaining life and health, yet people often take for granted the flow of water into and out of their homes and businesses.  Where does it go after we flush the toilet, empty the sink, take a shower or do laundry?  Wastewater drains into the community’s sanitary sewer system, an underground network of pipes that leads to the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).  Sewers are designed to take away used dirty water from sinks, baths, showers, laundries, and toilets.  Flushing away “unflushables” adds to the cost of operating and maintaining your sewers and the wastewater treatment plant.  Putting trash down the toilet will cause blockages in sewers and possible damage to the environment. 


 “Disposable” doesn't mean flushable.  Disposable means you should bag it and trash it... don't flush it!  Most baby wipes and adult wipes are not flushable.  This information is usually written in tiny letters somewhere on the package.  Even if the phrase “flushable” or “safe to flush” is on the package, it may not be flushable.  These “unflushable” and many “flushable” wipes do not fall apart in water like toilet paper.  The wipes get tangled in the sewage with other wipes and debris, resulting in sewer clogs and expensive problems for your collection system/WWTP. These additional maintenance issues take time away from the operators and maintenance staff’s daily activities and can impact you or your neighbor’s sewer service.

Flush or Not to Flush 2018.pdf
Colorful illustration of the water cycle with rain, lake, sea, water treatment, sewage plant, and residential area.