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Wednesday, January 08, 2020
What Not to Flush 2020
Man Flushing ToiletDid you know that flushing the wrong thing down your toilet or pouring them down your drain can be extremely costly and can cause damage to your home, neighborhood, and city?

Every time you use your toilet, shower, washing machine, garbage disposal or dishwasher, wastewater leaves your home through pipes that connect to the Columbus Water Works’ sewer system. When the wrong items are flushed or poured down your drain, it can cause sewer backups in your home; sewer releases into the environment and damages the sewer system. This would have a major impact on many and repairing the damage can cost a great deal of money.

There are actions you can take to prevent sewage backups from happening. You can be mindful of what you flush down your toilet, pour down your drain, and you can take responsibility with us to protect our sewer system. Below is a list of products that should not be flushed (or poured), because they do not dissolve in your drains and clog pipes and pumps.
  • Paper Towels/Rags
  • Disinfecting Wipes/Baby Diapers
  • Disposable Wipes/Products
  • Animal Litter
  • Food Products
  • Mop Refills
  • Dental Floss
  • Feminine Hygiene products
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Bandages
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Cigarettes
Watch our "What Not to Flush" video here.

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