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Posted on: September 3, 2021

Help Prevent Sewer Blockage

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Help Prevent Sewer Blockage

The City of Odessa wants to remind citizens that although many packaged cleaning wipes say ‘flushable’ on the packaging, they are not - and can lead to blockages in our sewer system. Given that there appears to be some limitations in local toilet paper stock, we would like to remind the community that wipes, paper towel, and Kleenex should be disposed of in the garbage, rather than down toilets. It is critical to maintain clear sanitary and sewer lines for public health and safety.

Flushable Items

  • Human Waste
  • Toilet Paper

Flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper risks a blockage in your own pipes as well as clogging a pump station, causing a sewage backup for homes and businesses.

Items That Shouldn't Be Flushed

  • Baby / Disinfectant Wipes
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Dental Floss
  • Diapers
  • Egg Shells
  • Facial Tissues
  • Fats, Oils, and Greases
  • Hair
  • Napkin/Paper Towels
  • Nut Shells
  • Personal Sanitation Products
  • Plastic
  • Swiffers
  • Toilet Bowl Scrub Pads
  • Vitamins/Medicine


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