Please DO NOT Flush Disinfecting Wipes, Baby Wipes or Paper Towels Down Your Toilet – Throw Them Away Instead
Flushing disinfectant wipes, baby wipes, paper towels, and similar products down toilets will clog sewer systems and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities and your home. Even wipes labeled “flushable” will clog pipes and interfere with sewage flow throughout your wastewater system.
Cleaning wipes and baby wipes are among the leading causes of sewer system backups, impacting sewer system and treatment plant pumps. Wastewater treatment facilities around the state already are reporting issues with their sewer management collection systems. The City is asking residents not to discard wipes in the toilet, but instead to throw them in the trash to avoid backups and overflows.
A majority of urban centers are on centralized sewage collection systems that depend on gravity and enough water flow to move along human waste and biodegrable toilet paper. The systems were not designed for individual wipes and paper towels. The wipes and paper towels do not break down like toilet paper, and therefore clog systems very quickly.
Preventing sewer overflows in your home and in your neighborhood is important, especially during this COVID-19 emergency. Please do not flush disinfectant wipes, baby wipes or paper towels down the toilet.
Thank you for your understanding and effort to protect our wastewater and sewer systems.