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Environmental Tips to Prevent Sewage Backups/Overflows!

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What NOT to put down the toilet, drain or garbage disposal

Recently, DPW pulled several buckets of cloth paper towels and strands of cloth mop from the pumping station that caused the system to back up!! 

In order to prevent blockages and/or sewer overflows, please refrain from dumping the following items down your toilet, drain or garbage disposal:

  • Fats, oils or grease from cooking, cars or lawnmowers
  • Coffee grinds
  • Egg shells
  • Produce stickers
  • Chunks of garbage
  • Disposable diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Paper towels of any kind
  • Cloth mop strands
  • Flushable cat litter
  • Rags
  • Condoms
  • Bags/wrapping and cardboard
  • Solvents, paints, turpentine, nail polish, nail polish remover
  • Flammable or explosive substances
  • Corrosive substances that are either acidic or caustic
  • Needles and sharps
  • Prescription and over the counter medication

Why is this a problem?
Any solid matter that you put down the toilet or drainpipe has the potential to cause blockages in the public sewer and/or your own private drain.  This can lead to:

  • Raw sewage overflowing in your home or your neighbor’s home;
  • An expensive and unpleasant clean up
  • Raw sewage overflowing into yards and streets
  • Potential contact with disease-causing organisms
  • An increase in operation and maintenance costs for our sewer department, which can cause higher sewer bills for residents
  • Increased pollution due to sewage spills caused by blockages.
  • Damage to the environment
  • Higher levels of chemicals in water ways due to prescriptions and medicines