Non Flushable Items Letter

IMPORTANT NOTICE ‐ Wipes & Personal Hygiene Products Clog Sewer Lines!

Many household products are labeled and marketed as DISPOSABLE and/or FLUSHABLE; many baby and adult personal hygiene products, along with household wipes and cleaning towelettes are labeled both disposable and flushable. While these products may be marketed as a convenience item in this way, the truth is that these types of items have the ability to cause blockage and service problems with both your private sewer line and with the public sewer system and pump stations.

Unlike toilet paper, these products DO NOT break down once they are flushed. They can cause blockages in your private sewer line, especially older pipelines that may have greases, roots, or other obstructions already existing. A repair of your private sewer line can leave you as the homeowner or business owner with a very costly sewer repair.

On a larger scale, when these products make their way into the public sewer system which is owned by the Farwell Kensington Sanitary District, they collect together, causing very large obstructions and clogs in the main lines and get tangled in the pumps in the lift stations requiring very costly repairs or replacement of equipment.

What We All Can Do To Help…

The following items should NEVER be flushed into the sewer system:
Disinfecting/surface wipes Mop or “Swiffer” type refills
Baby wipes Paper towels
Jewelry wipes Pet care wipes
Cosmetic wipes First Aid wipes
Disposable diapers or diaper liners Bio-pads (nursing home, home health care, etc.)
Cotton swabs Feminine hygiene products
Toilet cleaning pads ANY Moist type towelettes
Prophylactics (Condoms)

Every home and business have a sewer connection to the public sewer system. This connection runs from the home or business to the sewer main where it is connected to the public sewer system. This private sewer line is the responsibility of the home or business owner to keep clear so there are no back‐ups of wastewater into the home or business. Save yourself and the Farwell Kensington Sanitary District from very costly repairs and/or replacement bills and please remember…… Do not flush any of the items listed above; place them in the trash, not the toilet!

If you have questions regarding the above information, please contact the Farwell Kensington Sanitary District office at 320-965-2500.