Think Before You Flush

Published: Aug. 29, 2017 at 11:55 AM EDT
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Do you know what can be flushed down the toilet? Help keep the community’s sewer lines clear of "unflushables" by only flushing the three P's – pee, poo and (toilet) paper. Doing so will not only protect the environment and keep you safe but will help with wastewater treatment costs.

Some products may seem ‘OK’ to flush but can leave a messy and costly impact on our homes and environment.

Remember, just because something may fit down the toilet, doesn’t mean it should be flushed!

So, what shouldn’t be flushed?

• Flushable wipes aren’t so flushable! They’ve become an increasingly popular bathroom accessory, but since they are made to be durable, the wipes don’t decompose in the sewer system.

• Sanitary products, paper towels, diapers, cotton swabs and facial tissues aren’t biodegradable and will also clog pipes. The best solution is to dispose of these products in a trash bin.

• Drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, aren’t safe to flush because they contain chemicals. Since sewage water is treated and returned to the environment, it is important to keep it chemical free. Dispose of medicine properly by contacting the


"Unflushables" clog our pipes and cause wastewater spills in the environment and in your home. Keep your pipes clear—do not use your toilet as a trash can. Respect the throne and only flush the 3 Ps!

For more information regarding the three Ps, visit


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