Due to the coronavirus concerns, there has been a shortage of toilet paper on store shelves. This may cause users to look for alternative products.

The cities of Elk Point and Jefferson want to remind their citizens that paper towels, facial tissues, baby wipes, other similar type towelettes, even flushable wipes, do not break down like toilet paper.

Never flush any consumer item that is not toilet paper.

Flushing these items can cause a blockage in your sewer, especially older pipelines, and will result in the sewer backing up into the basement or lowest floor. Some sewer lines have greases, roots or other obstructions already existing. When these products make their way into the public sewer system, they collect together, causing large obstructions and clogging the main collector line. They will get tangled in our pump stations, requiring replacement/repair.

The cities want to avoid any sanitary sewer overflows, which in turn, can cause additional public health hazards.

For more information visit National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Toilets Are Not Trashcans Campaign, and The Water Professional’s Guide to COVID-19.