Due to an increased demand and subsequent shortages of toilet paper as a result ofCOVID-19, we have heard
of the increased use and flushing ofnon-flushable materials such as baby wipes, napkins and paper towels. We
encourage you to pay extra attention to what you are flushing and not to flush anything other than toilet paper.
Flushing anything other than toilet paper can create expensive problems for homeowners and the City’s
wastewater facilities. Flushing wipes (even those labeled “flushable”) and other non-toilet paper materials
causes clogs, backups, equipment and pipe breakages, and in bad cases, can even force raw sewage back into
homes. Unfortunately, the cost to repair these damages is often borne by the public.
Properly addressing this issue requires everyone to be extra mindful, especially in the days and weeks ahead,
but also beyond the containment ofCOVID-19. As a reminder, the following products are NOT flushable and
must be disposed of in a waste basket:
• Paper towels
• Napkins
• Kleenex and other tissues
• Wet wipes/baby wipes (even those labeled as “flushable”)
• Diapers
• Feminine hygiene products
• Gauze/Band-Aids
The City ofFairmont thanks you for your cooperation.