Protecting Your Sewage System Could Save You Money and a Headache

Protecting Your Sewage System Could Save You Money and a Headache

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP - Meridian Township would like to remind everyone that only three items should be flushed down the drain: #1, #2 and toilet paper. All other material is not made to flush smoothly through the sewer system.

“Clogged pumps have a tough time pumping waste to the sanitary sewer system when they are clogged with 'flushable' wipes,” said Derek Perry, Assistant Township Manager and Public Works Director. “Today we pulled two buckets full of 'flushable' wipes out of one pump. 'Flushable' wipes are not made to be flushed and can cause costly sewage backups into people's basements.”

If you use a "wet wipe" instead of toilet paper, please dispose of them in the garbage. Maybe this slogan will help everyone remember: "No Wipes Down the Pipes".

Here is a list of items that should not be flushed down the sewage system:

- Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, moist wipes, etc.
- Diapers (cloth, disposable, "flushable")
- Sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms, or any non- organic material
- Fats, oils, and grease (FOG)
- Dental floss, Q-tips and cotton balls
- “Swiffers” toilet bowl scrub pads
- Napkins (paper or cloth), paper towels, facial tissues
- Seeds, peelings, egg shells, nutshells, and coffee grounds
- Bandages and bandage wrappings
- Clothing, Wash cloths, towels, rags (any cloth item)
- Plastic of any kind
- Medicines/pharmaceuticals (put original containers in a plastic zip-lock bag, throw the bag in the trash or take to a recycling, drop-off, or household hazardous waste collection)
- Harmful chemicals such as solvent-based glue, paint, strippers, wood preservatives, nail polish, antifreeze, engine cleaners/degreasers, gasoline, motor oil, fertilizers, pesticides, and pool/spa chemicals

Keep the Township sewer system flowing smoothly and remember: "No Wipes Down the Pipes"!

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