It’s the weekend, and you have your home all to yourself, with plans for some rest and relaxation. You take a trip to the bathroom to clean out those ears, and as you flush down that Q-tip… it won’t stay down. Rather, it all comes back up. You flush again, but there’s no hope. It overflows onto the floor, your home, and even backs up into the streets. Now the neighbors all know — you’re a clogger!
Did you know many common household objects cause clogs? And most people regularly flush or pour them down the drain because they just don’t know. Let’s change that!
Unflushables can lead to sewer backups. Even the smallest objects add up. That backup doesn’t have many places to go, so it finds a new home. Where do you wonder? You guessed it. Sewage can back up into your home and neighborhood streets, which is not fun to clean up or good for the environment.
Don’t let a clog ruin your weekend of R&R — or your pipes!
So, what shouldn't be flushed or put down the drain? We're glad you asked. Just because you can flush things down the toilet or pour things down the drain doesn't mean they should go down the toilet or drain. Remember, only flush the 3 Ps. Everything else belongs in your trash can.
If everyone pitched in to ditch items properly and flush only the 3 Ps (pee, poop, and toilet paper, that is), there'd be far less damage to our wastewater collection system (our fancy word for the underground pipe system) and less maintenance costs coming out of customers' wallets. Thank you for taking the time to learn more!
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WEAT invites utilities to participate in the Clog Alert campaign. Download the toolkit for guidance on launching the campaign as well as access to the assets, such as social media ads, videos, and more.
Interested in being a partner? Download the Stakeholder Guidance, a one-page outreach material for potential partners.