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Posted on: March 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Water Reclamation Public Service Announcement

A note from the Water Reclamation (Wastewater) Facility

Don’t be fooled.   Flushable items are not flushable!

With the limited availability of toilet tissue, we understand that citizens may have to turn to alternative types of wipes.  The Water Reclamation Facility is being negatively impacted by these alternatives being flushed down the toilet. 

Please do NOT flush wipes of ANY kind down the toilet.  The only flushable item is toilet paper.  Please dispose of wipes, paper towels, tissues, napkins and the like in the trash.  

Many products these days are marketed as flushable.  From disposable toilet bowl cleaners to wipes that clean your “bum”.  The City of Aberdeen Public Works Department and Water Reclamation Facility (Wastewater Treatment Plant) want you to know that these items can’t be flushed.  Some of these items claim they dissolve enough to make it down your toilet but, they re-form once they enter the sewer and can cause sewer back up and damage pumping equipment.   

The City of Aberdeen has compiled a list of the items that do not dissolve in the sewer and can cause sewer backups in your home or neighborhood.  

• diapers
• paper towels
• facial tissue
• cotton swabs
• baby wipes
• adult wipes
• medicated hygiene wipes
• hair
• gum wrappers
• candy wrappers
• facial pads
• dental floss
• floss picks
• cigarettes
• cotton balls
• scoops of kitty litter
• women’s hygiene products
• all purpose cleaning wipes
• disposable toilet wand pads
• adhesive bandages
• condoms
• makeup remover wipes
• shower body wipes

Please remember, your toilet is not a trash can.  

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