When you use your toilet, shower, washing machine or dishwasher, wastewater leaves your home through pipes and is transported to our wastewater treatment plant.

Many materials frequently flushed or poured down the drain can harm the pipes that connect to the system. Putting the wrong things down the drain can damage the system, causing sewer backups in your home or sewage releases to the environment.

Don’t Flush This

Basically, the only things you should ever flush down a toilet are human waste 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:

  • Disposable diapers
  • Tampons and tampon applicators
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Mini or maxi pads
  • Condoms
  • Cleaning wipes of any kind
  • Facial tissue
  • Bandages and bandage wrappings
  • Automotive fluids
  • Paint, solvents, sealants and thinners
  • Poisons and hazardous waste
  • Pet waste

Click on Cover Your Flush for a more extensive list of what not to flush.

Unused Medications

Do not flush unused medications down the toilet. You can safely dispose of medications in the garbage, or take medications to an approved prescription drug take-back site or event.