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Keeping Sewers Clean

June 19, 2015

Keeping Sewers Clean

Your Utility operates and maintains miles of sewer mains and 3 sewer lift stations to keep wastewater flowing to the Wastewater Treatment Plant South of Wahoo.

A major cause of clogged sewers is people using toilets and kitchen sinks to dispose improperly of unwanted waste.

Never put the following down the toilet or sink drain!

  • Wipes (so-called "flushable" or "disposable")
  • Facial tissues
  • Gum
  • Dental floss
  • Kitty litter
  • Medication
  • Coffee grounds and eggshells
  • Fats, oils, and grease (FOG)

Should you ever have a sewer backup, there is no charge for the Utility to inspect the flow in the sewer main.  As a preventive measure, visit with a plumber for ways to minimize the possibility of sewer blockages in your home.

It is a ceaseless challenge to keep sewer pipes and lift stations from clogging.  Residents can help by properly disposing of household wastes.  Most homeowner/renter insurance policies have the option of adding sewer backup coverage. 

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Seeing is believing!

Toilet paper breaks down in water in less than a minute.  Most other paper products do not.

To conduct your own product test, you will need:

  • 2 clear pint jars with lids
  • 18" white toilet paper
  • 1 "disposable" wipe 

Insert toilet paper in one jar and a baby or toilet wipe in the other jar.  Partly fill both containers with water, apply lids, and shake for 15 seconds.

Which product is less likely to clog your sewer drain?

 

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