No Wipes in the Pipes

The label might say “flushable”, but what the label doesn’t tell you is that disposable wipes continue to clog our sewer lines and damage pumps and other equipment. Not only are these problems expensive to fix, they can also cause raw sewage overflows into homes, businesses and local waterways. It’s a very costly problem for both the customer and HRRSA.

FACT: These products do not dissolve. Many household cleaning products are labeled and marketed as “disposable” or “safe for sewers and septic systems”, but the truth is, they’re not. Many things are “flushable” (a sweatshirt, for example), but that doesn’t mean they should be flushed down the toilet. Throw them in the trash where they belong!

Toilets, sewer pipes, and wastewater treatment facilities were originally designed to transport and handle toilet paper and human waste only. The following items should never be flushed down the toilet:

  • Disinfecting/cleaning wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Rags, towels, washcloths
  • Towelettes
  • Kitty litter
  • Needles, syringes and other medical waste
  • Baby wipes and Diapers
  • Toilet seat covers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Dental floss
  • Mop/cleaning brush refills

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