"Flushable" Wipes & Sanitary Sewer Problems


Wipes, clothes, and rags are found in the sanitary system at increasing rates. Many of these products are labeled at "flushable" but while they may clear the toilet, they will most likely cause issues downstream. These products are becoming notorious for blocking private sewer laterals, public sewer mains, and binding up municipal pumps. 


Items that specifically list the term flushable (but should not be flushed) include: 

  • Baby wipes
  • Cat litter
  • Diapers and diaper liners
  • Doggy doo bags
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Pre-moistened wipes
  • Toilet seat covers
  • A wide variety of bathroom cleaning wipes and brushes

Please avoid flushing these products down the sanitary system.

Visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's website for more information.