Labeling it Flushable Doesn’t Make it So

Questions have been raised about why toilet paper is suddenly a hot commodity in this COVID19 age. Well, it’s no mystery: more people are at home, eating all meals at home, with maybe some snacking and added stress eating (as in how many buttered ears of corn [Costco] are too many?). Therefore, they’re using toilets and our sewer facilities much more, and thus more toilet paper. Case solved. 

So here’s a Public Service Announcement from your HCWCID 89 Directors:

Please do not use “flushable” wipes or anything other than toilet paper in your toilet for any reason. Toilet paper is specifically manufactured to break down and move through the sewer system with other waste without clogging residential toilets and District facility pumps at our wastewater treatment plant. 

Flushable wipes can have synthetic materials that can combine with grease and other substances washed down the drain including hair and become massive, fatty, system clogging, expensive problems. In addition, napkins, paper towels and baby wipes can also pose a danger. 

Since you probably have a little time on your hands, here’s an amusing website with details  on the problem- www.pattypotty.com

For those too shell shocked by recent events to want to be amused, here’s a Do Not Flush list…

  • Paper towels
  • Facial tissues
  • Cotton swabs
  • Baby wipes
  • Flushable wipes
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Hair
  • Gum wrappers 
  • Cigarettes 
  • Cotton balls 
  • Kitty litter 
  • Feminine hygiene products 
  • Bandages 
  • Make up remover wipes 
  • Dental floss 
  • Gum wrappers 
  • Diapers
  • Medicines (a different conversation)

Please put any of these objects in the trash instead of flushing them. You can get the small bags in packages of 80 for $2.89 from HEB to line a small trash can. 

Whatever your method, a broken sewer system is a nightmare we don’t need right now. 

Be Well

Stay Safe