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What the Flush!

Do you know what CAN be flushed down the toilet? The "3 Ps": pee, poop, and (toilet) paper.

How about what CANNOT be flushed? Paper towels, disinfecting wipes, diapers, baby wipes and Kleenex should all be placed in the trash, not down the toilet.

Why, you ask? Because those items clog pipes! In fact, 93% of the wipes found clogging sewer systems are not flushable wipes. Clogged pipes can cause sewage backups into homes, as well as into streams and streets.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been cleaning more frequently with disinfecting wipes. That's great news! Especially when you consider that high touch surfaces should be cleaned more than usual to prevent the spread of germs. But the bad news is that lots of the disinfecting wipes end up being flushed. The majority of these non-flushable wipes are made of plastic, and these microplastics end up in local waterways and groundwater.

So, what can you do? Throw any thingthat is pee, poop, or toilet paper in the trash! This includes flushable wipes, as they can also cause clogs. Help us keep our pipes clog free!

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