Residents are reminded that while some products may be advertised as "safe for septic systems and sewer" or "flushable", they do cause many problems for Boise’s water renewal facilities.
What You Shouldn't Flush Down Your Toilet
The following items don't break down like toilet paper and clog household pipes, public sewer lift station pumps, and cause sewer backups onto streets, businesses, and homes:
- Diapers (cloth, disposable, "flushable")
- Facial tissues, cotton balls, swabs and pads
- Cleaning wipes of ANY kind (baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, moist wipes,etc.)
- Toilet bowl scrub pads
- Napkins (paper or cloth), paper towels
- Dental floss
- Sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms, or any non-organic material
- Wash cloths, towels, rags (any cloth item)
- Kitty litter
Clogged pipes and pumps cost money to repair. In the case of lift station pumps, clogged pumps require significant maintenance to ensure the pumps are working properly. If they can't be repaired, they must be replaced, which costs even more money. The solution to this expensive problem is to make sure that only toilet paper is flushed down the toilet.
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