City of Amherst

WASTEWATER COLLECTIONS DEPT

John Jeffreys, Safety Service Director | Ron Merthe, Superintendent of Utilities
Office 440-988-4224


DO NOT FLUSH or DRAIN ADVISORY


COOKING GREASE and OILS, WIPES, AND PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS CLOG SEWER LINES

Various household products are labeled and sold as DISPOSABLE and/or FLUSHABLE. Many baby and adult personal hygiene products along with household wipes and cleaning towelettes are labeled both disposable and flushable. While these products may be marketed as a convenience item in this way, the truth is that these types of wipes have the ability to clog and stop up not only the sewer line on your property, but also can cause blockage and service problems in the public sewer system and lift stations.

Unlike toilet paper, these products DO NOT break down once they are flushed. They can cause blockages in your on-site piping. On a larger scale, when these products make their way into the public sewer system they collect together, causing very large obstructions and clogs in the sanitary sewer mainlines and get tangled in lift stations floats requiring repair or replacement of equipment.

What we all can do to help…
The following items should NEVER be flushed or drained into the sanitary sewer system. Please place these items in the trash.

 

Disinfecting/Surface Wipes Mop or “Swiffer” type refills
Baby wipes Paper towels
Jewelry wipes Pet care wipes
Cosmetic wipes First Aid wipes
Disposable diapers or diaper liners Bio-pads (nursing home, home healthcare, etc.)
Cotton Swabs Feminine hygiene products
Toilet cleaning pads ANY moist type towelette
COOKING GREASE and OILS ANY CONSUMER ITEM THAT IS NOT TOILET PAPER