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Oak Forest News

Posted on: March 23, 2020

Please STOP putting “flushable” wipes, disinfecting wipes, and paper towels in your toilets

Do not flush

Public Works needs your help!


Please STOP putting “flushable” wipes, disinfecting wipes, and paper towels in your toilets.


They are touted as disposable and even flushable, but wipes are causing headaches for the city’s sewer system.

These products appeal to consumers in part because of manufacturers’ claims that they can be conveniently flushed down the toilet. But their cloth-like material doesn’t break down in the sanitary sewer system like toilet paper and can block sewer lines, clog pumps and increase maintenance and repair costs.

Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed. Flushing other products down your toilets can create blockages and sewer backups in your home. These backups could mean expensive repairs to fix damage to your home or to unclog your pipes.


Protect your pipes! Never flush anything other than the 3 Ps: Pee, Poop, & (Toilet) Paper.