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Is It Flushable? | Print |

bathroom webItems that are commonly flushed down the toilet are creating blockages, jamming pumps, and causing overflows in the sewer system, leading to expensive repairs for homeowners and the County.   Even products that are labeled as "biodegradable" or even "flush-able" are causing problems.   So what are these objectionable culprits, you ask?  

According to the Water Environment Federation (WEF) none of the following should ever be flushed:

  • Baby Wipes and Diapers
  • Facial Tissues
  • Cotton Swabs and Dental Floss
  • Food Wrappers
  • Syringes
  • Cleaning Sponges and Disposable Toilet Brushes
  • Cat Litter or Aquarium Gravel
  • Feminine Hygiene Products or Contraceptives
  • Fats, Oil, and Grease from Cooking

kitchen webFor a demonstration that shows you first-hand how these items react in your sewer system, check out this awesome video from the City of Spokane Department of Wastewater Management.

What can you flush?   Only human waste and toilet paper should ever swirl its way to the wastewater treatment plant.   Put everything else in the trash can.  

Keep your pipes flowing at home and at work.   Click on the sign images for a free download!


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