What is harmful to the sewer system?

By October 19, 2022
Category: General FAQs

There are a number of items that should never be flushed down the toilet. Non-flushable items can cause problems for residential and business sewer lines in the District.

You can help by never flushing the following:

  • Wipes of any kind. Including the “flushable” ones.
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Rags and towels
  • Tampons, pads, or any other feminine products
  • Cat litter or aquarium gravel
  • Syringes and needles
  • Rubber items such as latex gloves and condoms
  • Band-aids
  • Dental floss
  • Q-Tips, cotton balls, cosmetics, and razors
  • Diapers and underwear
  • Prescription medications (learn how to properly dispose of medications HERE)
  • Cleaning sponges, disposable toilet brushes, and disinfecting wipes
  • Gum, cigarette butts, and cigars
  • Grease or oil