Sewer System Do's & Don'ts

Your tax dollars support the city’s sewerage system at a cost of over $18 million a year. Homeowners also bear an additional expense for their own sewer lines. These lines generally run from the residence to the city right-of-way.

See Where does it go after it leaves the sink?—How the sewer system works.

There are several ways that you can help all of us prevent blockages in both of our sewer systems.


Do dispose of medications properly:

  • Do avoid release of hair into drains of showers, bath tubs and wash basins to prevent clogs in the traps and drains.
  • Do limit the amount of milk products you pour down the drain. While not directly related to stoppages, milk creates a high oxygen demand to decompose causing environmental issue for streams and aquatic life.


  • Don’t use the toilet as a trash can! Never flush diapers, dental floss, Q-Tips, personal sanitary products, newspapers, soiled rags, or paper towels down toilets or drains. These items may cause a stoppage in your line.
  • Don’t ever flush wipes. Even wipes that claim to be “flushable” can clog pipes and cause stoppages. This is what happens when you flush wipes!

Wise use of the sewerage system and performance of simple preventive maintenance will help safeguard the system and reduce costs for everyone.