Trash It Don't Flush It.

Your toilet isn't a trash can, don't treat it like one.

Wipes, cleaning cloths, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, and personal care items—these common household items don't break down in the sewer pipes of your home or on the way to the wastewater treatment plant. So what happens when you flush them down the toilet or drain? Since they don't break down, they can tangle and clump together. This can clog pipes and cause sewage to back up into your home or neighborhood. Even items labeled "flushable" can clog sewer pipes. Defend your drains by disposing of these products in the trash (where they belong) before they cause unpleasant and expensive problems.

Wipes

Wipes and cleaning cloths are designed to be stronger than facial tissue or toilet tissue, so they don't break down in water.

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Paper Towels

Paper towels are designed to be strong, and specifically to not break down in water. They are not intended to be flushed.

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Feminine Hygiene

Feminine hygiene products, such as sanitary napkins and tampons, are designed to absorb liquids instead of breaking down.

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Personal Care

While it's possible to flush things like dental floss, hair, cotton swabs, cotton balls, and condoms down the toilet, it's a bad idea.

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How and Why?

Learn how your house plumbing works and why it is important for all of us to take care and prevent sewer clogs.

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Dispose Responsibly Prevent Plumbing Problems.

Protect the quality of our water.

Medicines. Large amounts of cleaning products. Paint and pesticides. Fats, oils, and grease. While all these things shouldn't go down the drain, they also shouldn't be put in the trash. Why? Some of these products can pose a hazard to water quality, and others can be turned into something beneficial. Defend your drains by disposing of these products as described to help prevent plumbing problems and to protect the quality of our lakes, rivers, and streams.

Fats, Oils, Grease

Fats, oils, and grease will harden and cling to the insides of your pipes or the city sewer lines. This could cause a sewer backup in either your home or neighborhood.

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Medicines

If you put medicines such as prescription pharmaceuticals or over-the-counter medications down the drain or in the toilet, they can end up in our water supply.

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Cleaning Products

While it's OK for small amounts of household chemicals to go down the drain, large amounts of these chemicals should not go down the drain.

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Paint and Pesticides

Leftover paint, pesticides, fertilizer, and paint remover can be hazardous, and they should not be disposed of down your household plumbing.

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How can you prevent sewer back ups?

Easy steps to Defend Your Drains

By practicing these three simple actions, you can prevent grease clogs and help protect our water quality.

1. Wipe pans and plates into the trash before washing.

Use a paper towel to wipe greasy pots, pans, and plates before placing them in the dish washer or washing them in the sink. When you do hand wash greasy kitchen ware, be sure to use COLD water so that even the small amounts of fats, oils, or grease don't get a chance to cling to pipes before hardening.

2. Take advantage of local drop-off facilities

You can collect your used cooking oil in a sealable container with a screw top lid and then take it to one of the regional drop-off locations so we can collect and recycle the used cooking oil.

It's a win-win!

3. Remember the 3 Ps.

The toilet should only be used for three things; Pee, Poop, and toilet Paper.

Wipes - even "flushable" wipes - belong in the trash and should not be flushed down your toilet.

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About Defend Your Drains North Texas

Regional Initiative

The Defend Your Drains North Texas campaign is an educational effort that encourages residents to properly dispose of items that can harm a home's plumbing system, the region's wastewater treatment systems, and water quality. It is supported by the Wastewater And Treatment Education Roundtable (WATER), an educational partnership between the North Central Texas Council of Governments, municipalities, and water utilities in the North Texas region. Special thanks to Dallas Water Utilities for sharing the Defend Your Drains campaign with the North Texas region.