Keep the Wipes out of the Pipes!

The Toilet Is Not a Trash Can!

It's as Easy as #1, #2 and 3!The toilet is for three things:  #1 (Pee), #2 (Pooh) and Paper

Flushing wipes (including those labeled "flushable" or "disposable") and other items down the toilet can lead to problems in the sewer lines and at the lift stations.  These items do not break down like toilet paper as they travel through pipes and into the sewer system.  These items create clogs in both household plumbing and the public sewer system and result in sewer backups.  If that happens, sewage will back up in your basement or overflow from one of our manholes, impacting the environment.

NOT flushable:

  • Wipes (baby, feminine, personal)
  • Dental floss
  • Paper towels
  • Diapers
  • Condoms
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Q-tips
  • Medicine or medical supplies such as needles, syringes or medical waste
  • Kitty Litter
  • Toilet Seat Covers
  • Towelettes
  • Mop or Cleaning Brush Refills
  • Fats, Oil and Grease

What is a “flushable” wipe?

Keep the Wipes Out of the PipesUnfortunately, many wipes that are labeled “flushable” may go down the toilet, but they do not break apart in the system. The true test to determine if something is flushable: does it dissolve like toilet paper or organic waste? If the answer is no, then it is NOT flushable.

Literally tons of wipes, still intact, clog pumps at wastewater pumping stations across the nation or end up at wastewater treatment plants and then have to be hauled away. WSSC has spent over $1 million to install grinders at a number of our wastewater pumping stations to deal with the growing problem of wipes in the pipe.