Think Before you Flush

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This video about "fatbergs" is humorous but putting the wrong things down the drain can block or damage the public sewer system, cause sewer backups in your home, and could potentially enable unintended sewer spills. Not a laughing matter.

Everyone who uses the city sewer system should be responsible for what they flush or pour down the drains. Many materials frequently flushed or poured down the drain can harm the pipes that connect to city sewers as well as the city's wastewater treatment plant. This can lead to sewage backups and overflows that not only damage your home and the environment but also cause damage to public utilities, resulting in costly repairs.

Every property owner connected to the city sewer system can be a potential contributor to sewer problems, and a potential victim of those problems. In the same vein, every property owner can be part of the solution, too.

Please take a moment to review the list of things below that should never be flushed, and for additional information follow the link below.

Thank you for your assistance during this time of uncertainty. A message from local sewer agencies; the City of Klamath Falls and South Suburban Sanitation District.

Please do your part and “Think Before You Flush.”

You can Help -- Don't Flush ...

  • disposable diapers
  • tampons and tampon applicators
  • sanitary napkins
  • cotton balls and swabs
  • mini or maxi pads
  • condoms
  • cleaning/disinfecting wipes of any kind
  • facial tissue
  • contact lenses
  • chewing gum
  • medications
  • bandages and bandage wrappings
  • diabetic needles
  • automotive fluids
  • paint, solvents, sealants and thinners
  • poisons and hazardous waste
  • pet poop
  • cat litter
  • fat, cooking oil, grease

Basically there are only four things you should flush, the four P's; pee, poo, puke, and paper (toilet paper).