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Stopping sewer system slayers

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Bloomington Briefing Published July 11, 2021
Updated on November 2, 2022

Think twice before flushing products down the toilet. Anything except toilet paper and human waste does not disintegrate. Small things like toys and batteries can cause big problems for wastewater collection and treatment facilities systems, and can be harmful to water quality and fish. 

Don’t use toilets or drains to dispose of grease, wipes or pharmaceuticals. To discard grease, pour it into a container, or use dry paper towels to soak it up and throw the paper towels into the trash.

Keeping sewer systems free flowing is in your best interest. Plugged kitchen or service lines can be costly to clean or repair. Some backups and blockages require City crews to clean main sewer lines to maintain flow to the wastewater treatment plant.

Personal care products are potential sewer collection system slayers. Discarded disposable wipes (the biggest culprits), dental floss, tampons, facial tissues, paper towels and cotton swabs can clog pipes. While some of these items seem innocent, their collective impact can be huge.  

Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. Everything else should go into the trash.

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