The Oneida County Department of Water Quality & Water Pollution Control is reminding residents to avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper down their toilets.
Commissioner Steven Devan says even wipes that claim to be ‘flushable’ can clog pipes and stretch around pumps and other equipment, causing breakdowns and expensive repairs.
“The coronavirus has reminded us of the importance of daily habits, such as washing your hands regularly and cleaning common surfaces,” said Devan. “It should also serve as a reminder of what should and should not go down the drain. This is especially true given the major investments that are being made to rehabilitate our aging sewer system.
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation the following items should not be flushed:
- Baby wipes
- Disinfectant wipes
- Personal hygiene products
- Any paper products other than toilet paper (e.g., paper towels, facial tissue, paper napkins)
Devan says these types of items should be thrown away in the garbage.
“This is a growing problem that is facing all wastewater utilities nationwide,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. “Improper disposal of single-use household products not only harm the sewer system; they can cause blockages and backups at home as well.”
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