October 01, 2016

Many 'flushables' can lead to sewer backups

The Rapid City Wastewater Treatment Plant The Rapid City Wastewater Treatment Plant (City Photo)

The Rapid City Utility Maintenance Office is reminding citizens of the importance of taking care of their sewer pipes with a few common-sense tips when placing items in toilets and sinks.

The City is ramping up its 'No Wipes In The Pipes' and 'Fat-Free Sewers' educational efforts.

Many of the issues involving sewer main backups in Rapid City involve the flushing of products such as non-disposable and disposable wipes, rags, tampons and other heavy products.  Only toilet paper should be flushed down toilets, according to city officials.

In addition, city officials are encouraging residents to avoid FOG in their sewer pipes by never pouring fats, oils and greases (FOG) into their sink drains, toilets or storm drains.  City officials indicate a buildup of FOG in home drains can lead to costly repairs and potential health hazards.

Common items flushed down the toilet that can lead to blockages and backups include shop and paper towels, cleaning and baby wipes, sanitary napkins, cotton swabs, wrappers, cigarette butts and condoms.  Such items should be placed in the trash.

Instead of putting fats, oils and greases (FOG) down sink drains, toilets or storm drains, city officials recommend pouring the liquids into a container, sealing and disposing of the container.

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