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Posted on: January 28, 2020

Flush, don’t flush! HELP STOP sewer problems

City Public Works personnel encounter many problems with the wastewater pipes throughout the community and you might also encounter them at your residence between it and the street. Most times the problems are directly due to people flushing materials down the toilet that they should not.

It is sometimes amazing what City staff find when they work to clear out a blockage. Items like 3-foot clumps of paper towels and wipes, disposable diapers, cloth diapers, tee-shirts, plastic and cloth gloves, toys, food debris, disposable razors, syringes, medical items like bandages, gauze, tape, etc., and the list goes on.

THE ONLY THING THAT SHOULD BE FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET, IS TOILET PAPER!

If you have any questions contact the City of Chowchilla Public Works Department at (559) 665-8615 ext 789, or send an email to PublicServices@CityOfChowchilla.org.

DO NOT FLUSH THE FOLLOWING ITEMS DOWN THE TOILET…

WIPES & BABY WIPES: Wipes labelled "flushable" may appear to go down the toilet without a problem, but these wipes don’t break down or disintegrate as quickly as toilet paper. Dispose of wipes in the trash bin.

PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS: These products may contain materials and plastics that are very difficult to break apart. Dispose of these items in the trash bin.

FOOD SCRAPS & WASTE: Put food waste and organic materials where they belong - in the trash bin.

MEDICINES: Prevent pharmaceuticals from infiltrating surface and drinking water. Bring unused or expired medications to the Chowchilla Police Department and put them in the Sharps and Medications Drop Bins.

FATS, OILS & GREASE: Cooking by-products can harden inside pipes and create a sewage backup in household plumbing. Use paper towel to soak up oils and grease and dispose of it in the trash bin.

 PAINTS, CLEANING PRODUCTS & OTHER HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE: Products containing toxic ingredients can be harmful to water systems and the aquatic habitat. Please take these materials to the Fairmead Landfill located at 21739 Road 19.

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