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Enjoy the holidays; don’t flush that

The holidays are here and everyone is visiting and everyone is cooking. Wherever you may be Toho Water Authority wants to remind everyone about what should never be disposed of down the drain or toilet.

Prevent clogged pipes
Cooking grease coats sewer pipes similar to the way that fatty foods clog human arteries. The grease clings to the inside of the pipes, eventually causing complete blockage. Pouring fats, oils and grease down the drain is wreaking havoc on our sewer systems and treatment facilities.
Increasingly sewer pipes have to be cleaned to remove all this buildup to prevent sewer overflows and ensure our systems are working at optimum levels. Place your old fat, oil and grease in a container and place them in the trash.

No wipes please
The only things that should be disposed of down the drain or toilet are water, soap and toilet paper. Wipes are a big no-no.
Wipes, even the ones that say ‘flushable’, shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet. They get tangled up in the machinery that moves the sewage back to the treatment plants. They also get themselves stuck to any grease found in the sewers. This can lead to sewage backing up onto streets and inside people’s homes. Having a sewage back up occur in your home can be messy and costly.
To avoid this from happening during the holidays and on any other day here’s a list of items that should not be disposed of down the drain or toilet.

Don’t flush these:
•    wet wipes (even the ‘flushable’ ones)
•    hygiene or feminine products
•    kitchen towels, tissues or cloths
•    diapers
•    dental floss or whitening strips
•    kitty litter
•    condoms
•    medicines or vitamins
•    hair
•    bandages or cotton swabs
•    oils, fats, grease or lard
•    dairy products or sauces
•    food scraps or baking goods

Remember the only things that should be disposed of down the drain or toilet are water, soap and toilet paper. This will ensure a happy sewer and happy families everywhere.
If you have any questions, please contact our customer service call center at 407-944-5000 or send an email to customerservice@tohowater.com.