Think before you flush...

There are several ways you can reduce the likelihood of stoppages in your private sewer lines and your neighborhood's main lines. Most sewer line obstructions are caused by grease, tree roots and debris. The simplest way to prevent these materials from blocking your lines is to keep them out of your lines.

Any inorganic matter flushed down the toilet must be collected and thrown away.


Please help the operator in your neighborhood by choosing to throw these items in the trash yourself. Please do not flush them down the toilet.

Oil, Fats and Grease are some of the primary causes of blockages in sanitary sewer collection systems.


Often times people dispose of grease in the kitchen sink.  When grease cools it lines the pipes and the opening in the pipes get smaller and smaller until finally there is a blockage and sewer backs up in people's homes or it comes out of a manhole or cleanout and pollutes the environment.  Do not pour grease down the drain. Dispose of it in the trash.


and what NOT to flush down the drain

Below is a list of items that are commonly flushed without understanding the full impact on the environment. These items can plug toilets, floor drains, laterals or even main sewer lines leaving your home. 

Even if there has never been a problem close to your home, these items will eventually show up at the wastewater treatment plant. The accumulation of these items can cause pump blockages and interfere with daily operations. The wastewater treatment plant can remove most of the items flushed down the drain. However, items that can’t make it through the removal system can cause excessive wear and increased maintenance to the treatment plant components. 

Flushing items down the toilet does not save our landfills, it ADDS to the removal process at the wastewater treatment plant and increases the risk to the environment as well as the cost to the customer to maintain their system.

  • Cotton balls, condoms, tampons and other hygiene products.
  • Sanitary towels, any of the many varieties of cleaning towels, dryer sheets, diapers, wipes, small towels or rags, plastics of any kind (toothbrushes etc…), dental floss.
  • Razors and blades should be disposed of in rigid containers.
  • Medicines not needed or expired should be returned to local pharmacies for correct disposal or call local authorities or health departments for proper disposal methods.
  • Needles and syringes if flushed down the toilet or household drains can be a potential danger to sewer and wastewater personnel or if disposed of in regular trash a refuse employee could also be harmed. Contact local authorities or health department for the facilities who will receive needle and syringes.
  • Any types of oils and grease should be properly disposed.