What Not to Flush

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The wastewater treatment system serving our region is there to protect public health and the environment.

Only the wastewater from our sinks, laundry and toilets, including conventional toilet tissue, should go down the drain. Anything else can create problems in your home’s sewer pipes, the sewer lines that serve the community, or at Tapia Water Reclamation Facility.

To help protect the wastewater system and prevent sewer blockages, DO NOT flush these items down the drain:

  • Unused / expired drugs or pharmaceuticals
  • Personal flushable wipes (check out this video toilet paper vs wipes), baby wipes or moist towelettes
  • Diapers
  • Hair
  • Plastics, including dental floss
  • Bones or other "hard items"
  • Fruit and vegetable label stickers
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cooking fats, oils, grease
  • Paint, varnish, mineral oil and turpentine - both oil and water-based
  • Petroleum products (oil, gas, kerosene, etc.)
  • Anti-freeze and other vehicle coolants
  • Fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals
  • Paper towels, napkins and facial tissue
  • Condoms
  • Personal hygiene products, including feminine napkins and tampons
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Deceased pets (hamsters, birds, fish, etc.)
  • Pet waste and cat litter
  • Cigarettes and other tobacco products
  • Coffee grounds
  • Sawdust
  • Sponges
  • Batteries

No Drugs Down the Drain

Fats, Oils and greasePeel Sticker Off Fruit and throw in trash

Most of the items listed above can be placed in the trash or disposed of at regional hazardous waste collection facilities.



(updated August 23, 2017)


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