Items to Avoid Flushing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 24, 2020
Contact: Joe Tagliaboschi, Public Works Director
Don Moore, Utility Operations Manager
Subject: Items to Avoid Flushing
The Town advises all Yountville community to NOT flush disinfecting wipes and paper towels down the toilet. These items should be thrown away into the trash can instead. The Town still encourages all community members to follow the Center for Disease Control recommendations to clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, it is important to discard those items in the trash, not the toilet.
Many Wastewater treatment facilities around the state are reporting issues with their sewage management collection systems and Yountville is not the exception. Flushing wipes, paper towels, or other products that are not toilet paper down the toilet will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wipes labelled as “flushable” will also clog pipes and interfere with sewage collection and treatment. Other items that should not be flushed include diapers and diaper liners, baby wipes, pre-moistened wipes of any kind, a wide variety of bathroom cleaning wipes and brushes, feminine hygiene products, toilet seat covers, doggy doo-doo bags, and cat litter.
Please remember, only toilet paper and human waste should ever be flushed!
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