Did You Know?
If all U.S. households practiced water conservation measures and installed water saving features such as low-flow shower heads or faucet aerators, water use would decrease by 30 percent, saving an estimated 5.4 billion gallons per day.
Did You Know?
- The average family of four uses 255 gallons of water a day, 1,785 gallons a week, and 7,650 gallons per month.
- A single toilet flush uses approximately 5-7 gallons of water.
- Taking a shower will use approximately 5-10 gallons per minute. A 15-minute shower will use 75-150 gallons.
- Your kitchen or bathroom sink uses approximately 4-5 gallons a minute.
- One dishwasher load uses approximately 4-5 gallons a minute.
- Washing clothes uses approximately 35 gallons per load.
What Not to Flush
Your sewer system is designed to handle only two things: human waste and toilet paper. Everything else that ends up in the sewer can cause serious problems such as sewage spills, sewer back-ups and costly damage to wastewater treatment equipment.
Your wastewater treatment plant is a biological treatment system. Certain chemicals can affect the biological activity and cause interruption in service and possibly shut down the operation of the wastewater treatment plant.
Don't Flush Any Items Like:
- Baby wipes & diapers
- Rags & towels
- Candy & food wrappers
- Clothing labels
- Cleaning sponges
- Prescription Drugs
- Sanitary napkins & mini pads
- Gravel or kitty litter
- Paper towels
- Paint, and other chemicals
- Fats, oils, and greases
- Vitamins, medicines or other pharmaceuticals
- Sheet plastic, or plastic of any kind
- Swiﬀer sheets
- Toilet bowl scrub pads
- Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, moist wipes, etc.
- Egg shells, nutshells, & coﬀee grounds
Download our "Don't Flush" Brochure
"FOGs" = fats, oils and greases.
The easiest way to solve the grease problem and help prevent overflows of raw sewage is to keep this material out of the sewer system in the first place:
- Never pour grease down sink drains or into toilets.
- Scrape grease and food scraps from trays, plates, pots, pans, utensils, grills, and cooking surfaces into a can or the trash for disposal (or recycling where available).
- Do not put grease down garbage disposals. Put baskets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids, and empty the drain baskets/strainers for disposal.
- Speak with your friends and neighbors about the problem of grease in the sewer system and how to keep it out. Call your local sewer system authority if you have any questions.
Download our FOG Educational Brochure