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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Be Careful What You Flush

Clogged drain

The Derby Public Works Department is asking residents not to flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, there is a shortage of household essentials like toilet paper. During this time, people may be tempted to flush other materials, such as paper towels, tissues, napkins or baby wipes.

Unlike toilet paper, these materials cannot disintegrate properly, which can clog sewer pipes, cause sewer line breaks, and put a strain on our Derby wastewater treatment facility. Even flushable wipes can lead to sewer backups and should be thrown in the trash.

The following items should be placed in the trash rather than flushed:

  • Paper towels
  • Facial tissues
  • Baby/facial/cleaning wipes
  • Flushable wet wipes
  • Rags/towels
  • Tampons/sanitary napkins
  • Medications
  • Hair
  • Dental floss
  • Cotton balls/swabs
  • Bandages
  • Rubber items (like latex gloves)
  • Plastic items

“We appreciate your cooperation as we work to keep essential services running smoothly,” said Robert Mendoza, Director of Public Works. “Our staff are still here working for you.”

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