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No Wipes in the Pipes

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Certain paper products make life a little easier.  Paper towels wipe up spills in a jiffy, disinfecting wipes clean up the bathroom in a hurry and baby wipes clean the baby quickly during a diaper change.  They also have something else in common: they should never be flushed.  Although these items may go down the toilet, wipes don't break down in water and can clog your home's sewer line.  Even worse, these items can clog the main sewer line in the street--- wreaking havoc on your whole neighborhood.  So remember, only toilet paper and what comes out of you down the toilet.

Flushable doesn't mean it won't clog your pipes
The package says "flushable" but is it really?  Disposable brushes, wipes, tampons applicators, tampons, etc may say "flushable" on the label, but they can still clog the sewer line.  Toilet paper breaks down in water; other items do not break down.  This means they can get stuck in the sewer pipe creating large bills for plumbing and cleanup.  Don't spend your money on a sewer back up, trash anything that is not toilet paper.

Trash

  • wrappers (any packaging)
  • cotton swabs
  • cigarette butts
  • condoms
  • sanitary napkins
  • tampons and tampon applicators
  • baby wipes/ personal hygiene wipes
  • facial wipes
  • disinfecting/ cleaning wipes
  • paper towels
  • facial tissue
  • shop towels

Trash All Wipes

Get the Facts About Wipes

  • 24% of main line sewer backups in Casper in 2013 were caused by wipes, paper towels, blue towels, and other paper products.
  • Baby wipes, facial wipes and other personal wipes are designed to be thrown away, not flushed.
  • Toilet Paper breaks down in water quickly, other paper products (especially paper towels) are designed to not break down and won’t.
  • Sewer backup cleanup is the responsibility of the home or business owner. Some cleanups cost thousands of dollars.
  • Wipes, paper towels, and other paper products get caught in sewer lift stations and in equipment at the wastewater treatment facility. These items can damage equipment and have to be removed by hand.

Help Prevent Sewer Backups
Use the free, downloadable posters below.  Simply hang them in bathroom stalls and help educate your employees, customers, and the public about sewer back ups.  (Files are Adobe PDF) 

Female, Family and Unisex Bathroom Posters
Women's Bathroom Black and White
Women's Bathroom Poster Color

Male Bathroom Posters
Men's Bathroom Black and White
Men's Bathroom Color

 

Emergencies

WATER/SEWER EMERGENCIES

After Hours Contact:
After 4:30 pm, Weekends and Holidays:
(307) 235-8233 or (307) 235-8278


Report Water Line breaks to:

Weekdays 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Water Garage (307) 235-8360 or Water Distribution (307) 235-8359


Sewer Emergencies:
 
Weekdays 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Casper Public Utilities (307) 235-8213 or Wastewater Collection (307) 235-8481