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When in doubt throw it out, but don’t flush!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Public Works Director Larry Coloni has passed along some helpful tips that he received from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency about hazardous items that often get flushed down toilets.

These tips come at a time when the Illinois EPA has received an increase in reports of “sanitary sewer overflows that were caused by disposable wipes, diapers, dental floss and other sanitary supplies being flushed into the sanitary system.”

While many of these items appear to be harmless, they can do damage to a wastewater treatment facility. According to the IEPA, when these items are flushed down toilets and into sewer systems, they don’t dissolve easily and can clog pumps, tangle up equipment, contaminate waterways and be eaten by fish.

Finally, unneeded expenses can be created from the wrong items being flushed down the toilet, and those costs could ultimately be passed on to residents.

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Don’t Flush:

  • Cotton swabs
  • Condoms
  • Contact lenses
  • Dental floss
  • Diapers
  • Disposable wipes
  • Facial tissues
  • Kitty litter
  • Medications
  • Paper towels
  • Wipes

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