Protect our sewers by knowing what should go down the drain! The toilet is only meant to flush the three P's - pee, poo, and paper. Human waste and toilet paper should be the only things going into the toilet bowl.
Unfortunately, some people use the toilet as a trash can. From medications and sanitary products to deceased pet fish and cigarette butts, people flush anything that fits, even when items do not belong.
Flushing these types of items down the toilet causes several issues that are not easily fixed or are wasteful:
- You can clog the pipes in your home, creating messy overflows and requiring a plumber's assistance.
- As much as 5 gallons of water are wasted every time you flush non-toilet friendly items.
- Items other that human waste and toilet paper create problems in the Sanitary District sewer system. For instance, baby wipes and adult moist wipes wrap themselves around pumps, leading to equipment damage and costly repairs which can affect our ratepayers.
- You put our ocean at risk. Water from our sanitary sewers is treated before being recycled back into our rivers, groundwater basins, and the ocean. The fewer chemicals from medicines and cleaners you flush, the better our water systems are.