What Not To 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.


Common Causes of Collection System Obstructions

Fats, Oil and Grease are some of the primary causes of blockages in sanitary sewer collection systems. Too often grease is washed into the plumbing system usually through 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.

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Tree roots
enter sewer pipes through cracks, breaks, and joints. Root masses inside collection system pipes can become matted with grease, toilet paper, and other debris. Uncontrolled tree root growth can eventually fracture sewer pipes and cause extensive damage. You can help decrease the infiltration of roots into your private and District public lines by being aware of where you plant trees and other vegetation in your yard. Avoid areas where sewer lines are buried.

The toilet is not a trash can
Think before you flush.
The amount of trash that makes its way to our wastewater treatment/reclamation facilities is growing along with the increasing popularity of disposable wipes, washcloths and rags. When you flush items such as baby wipes, hand wipes, floor wipes etc. down the toilet, one of our District crew members must retrieve it from the facility and throw it away. Save them from this nasty job by placing disposable wipes where they belong in the first place, in the trash.

Do not flush any non-biodegradable products down the toilet. Items such as:

  • Disposable wipes, washcloths and rags
  • Synthetic materials such as plastic do not decompose and dissolve
  • Feminine products
  • Condoms
  • Syringes
  • Diapers


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.


How Did That Get in There?

Over the years the operators have found some pretty interesting stuff in the sewer pipes. A partial list includes: drug paraphernalia, a bicycle, Hot Wheel cars and other small toys, landscape lights, bed linens, Levis jeans, all types of underwear, jewelry, a tool box, folding lawn chairs, an attic fan and a couple of bowling balls. It makes you wonder, doesn't it?