City of Amherst
WASTEWATER COLLECTIONS DEPT
John Jeffreys, Safety Service Director | Ron Merthe, Superintendent of Utilities
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|