Flushing Wipes Clogs Pipes.
Flushing wipes and other products can clog your home plumbing, causing sewage backups into your home and expensive repairs to unclog your pipes.
Flushing these products can also harm sewer and wastewater treatment systems, clogging equipment and leading to environmental damage and higher sewer rates.
Protect your pipes! Never flush wipes, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, cotton swabs, or anything other than the 3 Ps: Pee, Poop, & Toilet Paper.
Keep Drugs Out of the Water
Unused or expired prescription medications should not be flushed! Help keep drugs out of the sewer system and the environment by disposing of them properly. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors National Take Back Days for collection of prescription medicines, and many pharmacies offer drug take-back programs. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has additional resources for safe drug disposal.
National Take-Back DayResources for Safe Drug Disposal
Take the 3 P Pledge.
Protect your pipes and the environment. Pledge to only flush the 3 P’s: Pee, Poop, & Toilet Paper.Take the Pledge
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Spread the word and advocate for change to keep wipes out of pipes.
Materials to educate yourself and others about what happens when items other than the 3 Ps are flushed.VIEW
Public education ideas and materials, including downloadable templates, and information from other utilities.VIEW
Take action to achieve better regulation of wipes using our model legislation and issue summaries.VIEW
What is a Fatberg?
Fatbergs form when FOG (fats, oils, and greases) combine with wipes and other flushed products to form masses in sewer lines. These fatbergs cause sewer overflows, endangering public health and the environment, and they are expensive to remove. Fight fatbergs by disposing of FOG in the trash – not down the drain – and only flushing the 3 Ps: pee, poop, and toilet paper.Famous Fatbergs
The first famous fatberg was in London in 2013, but fatbergs and wipe clogs happen everywhere!
See the pictures below of what happens when FOG and wipes end up in sewers.See More Fatbergs!