Sewer backups can be costly to homeowners as well as the Utility. It is important to properly dispose of fats, oils, and grease as well as other household waste. Customers can take a few simple steps to help prevent sewer backups and protect our infrastructure and the environment:
In the Kitchen
- Fruit and vegetable stickers belong in the trash, not the drain.
- Always pour or scrape cooled fats, oils, and grease into a covered, disposable container and throw it into your garbage. NEVER pour fats, oils, or grease down sink drains or toilets.
- Soak up remaining oils and grease with an absorbent material such as paper towels and throw into your garbage.
- Before you wash dishes, scrape food scraps, fats, oils and grease into your garbage or compost.
In the Bathroom
"Flushable Wipes" are the biggest problem for sewer backups in our community? That's right, even if the package says "flushable" they should NEVER be flushed. They belong in the trash.
Think Before You Flush!
Do NOT put the following items in your toilet:
- Any "Flushable" Wipe
- Cleaning Wipes
- Cotton Swabs and Makeup Pads
- Baby or Facial Wipes
- Sanitary Napkins/Care Products and Wrappers
- Condoms and Their Wrappers
- Bandages and Sticker Backs
- Whitening Strips and Their Wrappers
- Dental Floss
- Prescription and Over the Counter (OTC) medications
- Kitty Litter