Town of Essex Sewer Department
Important notice – Wipes Clog pipes and pumps!!
Although some products are labeled and marketed as disposable, such as baby wipes, this does NOT mean they can be flushed in the toilet. These products and others have the ability to clog and stop up sewer lines on homeowner properties as well as blockage and service problems in the public sewer system and pump stations.
Unlike toilet paper, these products do not break down once they are flushed. They can cause blockages in your on-site sewer which can cause significant repair bills.
On a larger scale, when these products make their way into the public sewer system they collect together and cause clogs in the main collector lines and get tangled in pump stations requiring repair or replacement of equipment which is very costly.
What we all can do to help…
The following items should never be flushed into the sewer system:
- Disinfecting wipes, baby wipe
- Toilet cleaning pads
- Mop or “swiffer” type refills
- Paper towels
- Disposable diapers
- Feminine hygiene products
- Moist towelettes
- Dental floss
- ANY consumer item that is not toilet paper
Many homes or businesses have a sewer connection to the public sewer system. This connection runs from the home or business to the main where it connects to the public sewer system. The home or business owner is responsible to keep their portion clear to ensure no backups of wastewater.
Save yourself and your sewer utility from costly repairs