What NOT to Flush!
This information is from the Wellsboro Department of Public Works, under the direction of the Wellsboro Borough. The following directive is an excellent reminder to follow the advice written in this piece.
One of the Wellsboro Department of Public Works’ functions is maintaining and repairing the Borough’s water, and sewer mainlines. The most common culprit causing the blockages is residents flushing disposable wipes. Yes, the wipes are marked flushable, but they do not break down in the water like the toilet paper, leading to blockages in sewer mains. Why is it important to you as a resident to throw wipes away instead of flushing them? Unfortunately, a blockage in the mainline can lead to sewage back into a residence.
What should you flush? The only items that should be flushed are human waste and toilet paper. Remember, even grease and oil poured down the drain can lead to issues in the sewer lines. Grease and oil poured down the drain usually present a problem in the private sewer lateral, not the main. Tree roots and broken cleanout caps also present issues for private sewer laterals.
DO NOT FLUSH
Diapers and baby wipes (even marked flushable)
Tampons and sanitary pads, personal care wipes
Paper towels and shop rags
Dental floss and toothpicks
Cat litter or animal waste
Do not pour oil and grease down toilets & drains
If you have pharmaceuticals to dispose of, please do not flush them down the toilet. The Wellsboro Police Department has a collection container for pharmaceuticals in its front lobby at 28 Crafton Street.
By properly disposing of these items, residents can do their part in keeping the sewer lines flowing free and preventing blockages which can lead to damage to the pipes or a sewage backup which can lead to damage or a costly clean-up for a resident. If you question if you should flush something – it’s simple if it isn’t toilet paper or human waste, it goes in the trash.
For more information or questions please visit their website at https://www.wellsboroborough.com
Writing: Sara Vogt / Wellsboro Borough
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