What Not to Flush

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MPU’s Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) treats water from the residents and businesses in Manitowoc. While they have a robust treatment process, it is incredibly helpful if the community keeps some items out of the sewer lines. What are some of these items?

  • Fats, Oils, and Greases (FOG) belong in the garbage, not down the drain. They can cause clogged pipes and sewer backups to the home costing extensive repairs. If let cool first, they are easier to dispose of.
  • Wipes of all kinds (even if they say they’re flushable) can cause damage to the treatment facility equipment.
  • Tissues, paper towels, and napkins, should not be flushed; only toilet paper.
  • Diapers and feminine products should be disposed of in the garbage.
  • No trash of any kind should ever be flushed to avoid clogs and damaged equipment.

A common misconception is that flushing items will avoid them being landfilled, but that is incorrect. Solids that cannot be processed are brought to the landfill – the same place they would end up if they were originally put in the garbage.

Thank you for being responsible with your waste so our WWTF can efficiently treat our community’s wastewater!


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