Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs)

Everyone has been rushing to the store to purchase toilet paper, paper towels, and wipes for personal use or to clean contaminated surfaces.  What do you plan to do with those items when you have finished using them?  Do you plan on flushing them down the toilet?

The only thing on the list that is flushable and will break down in the sewer line is toilet paper.  Everything else will clog the sewer line and create sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) on the streets or possibly in your home.

We are concerned about this because we expect that we will have to reduce crew sizes as the coronavirus spreads and more people get sick.  With smaller crews, we will not be able to respond to SSOs like we normally do.  Therefore, to prevent SSOs, don’t flush anything but toilet paper down the drain.