Facial tissue? Dental floss? Kitty litter? The Spokane Department of Wastewater Management explains that what you flush down the toilet can often clog your pipes.


Despite some marketing claims, flushing things like baby or personal hygiene wipes isn’t a good idea. They can clog your pipes or jam sewer pumps, leading to backups into homes, sewer overflows, and costly repairs.

Utilities nationwide are spending millions of dollars to clean products like “disposable” wipes that customers flush into sewer systems out of pumps and other equipment, according to the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The issue is receiving growing media attention, and NACWA encourages utilities to follow its lead in changing consumers’ behavior through education.




KUB is seeing problems particularly from rags and paper towels, and we need your help. Here’s how you can help avoid plumbing problems and protect our environment:

Never flush:

  • Rags
  • Baby/personal hygiene wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Shop towels
  • Feminine products
  • Dental floss
  • Disposable toilet wand heads.
  • Never pour cooking grease down toilets or drains. Pour it in a can for disposal in the trash.
  • Never put prescription or over-the-counter drugs down drains or toilets to help keep them out of waterways.

Take drugs to collection events or the permanent collection site (open 24/7) in the lobby of the Knoxville Police Dept. Safety Building, 800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave.

Just because you can flush it doesn’t mean you should. Think before you flush.