PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 03, 2020
The City of Astoria is asking residents to avoid flushing sanitation wipes even if the package states they are flushable!
Other alternatives to toilet paper including paper towels, napkins, baby wipes and facial tissues also should not be flushed in local sewer lines as people practice guidelines to combat the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. While the “flushable” wipes concern is not new to wastewater facilities, there is an increased risk to our system due to the current shortage of toilet paper.
We ask that our community members pay extra attention to what items they are using and flushing and remind you not to flush anything other than toilet paper, whether being used for personal hygiene purposes or for wiping and cleaning surfaces. Although many so-called “disposable” hand wipes are advertised as being safe for flushing, in reality, they can cause backups in the system and contribute to the buildup of foreign materials.
A sewage backup can cause a public health hazard and damage to critical infrastructure. Place a wastebasket in the bathroom to dispose of anything other than toilet paper and help avoid sewage backups and extra costs.
As a general reminder, here are “Dos and Don’ts” for avoiding backups in the local sewer lines:
DO NOT flush wipes, gloves, towels or other trash down the toilet, even if they’re labeled flushable.
DO NOT pour grease down kitchen sinks or toilets. Instead, put grease in a sealed non-recyclable container and throw it out with regular garbage.
DO toss dirty makeup, cleaning, and baby wipes, tampons, sanitary pads and condoms in the trash.
DO recycle finished toilet rolls, cardboard packaging from toothpaste and brushes, and plastic packaging from shampoos and shower gels.
Thank you for helping keep our community and facilities clean and functioning!
If you have any questions or concerns, please call Astoria Public Works at 503-325-3524.
CITY OF ASTORIA
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT