What not to flush
For several years now, Renewable Water Resources has been a major proponent of Be Fresh Water Friendly’s Potty Protocol. The main focus is trying to convey what people should and should not flush. We have not been alone in this effort. Wastewater officials across the nation are trying to educate the public on how flushing these items can cause blockages in the lines. Several agencies have invested in educational campaigns whose goal is to inform their local communities that the toilet is not a trash can, and items claiming to be flushable should not always be flushed as they could cause expensive and potentially dangerous blockages.
To prevent something like this from happening again in the future, Be Fresh Water Friendly has provided lists of what should not be flushed. Harmful items that are commonly tossed in the toilet are:
- Paper towels
- Cleaning rags and household wipes
- Medical bandages
- Dental floss
- Feminine hygiene products
Even though some products label themselves as “flushable”, these disposable products continue to clog sewer lines and damage pumps. According to Potty Protocol, the best practice is to toss them into the trash and not flush them. As a community, let’s do our part in saying goodbye to treating the toilet like a trashcan.