The 4 P's of Flushing

To flush or not to flush, that is the question. It does not seem like a difficult dilemma. Everyone knows what is supposed to go down a toilet. But that "stuff" isn't always what ends up at the Athens-Clarke County Water Reclamation Facilities.

Often times items that have the power to wreak havoc with our machines and equipment make it to our facilities.  The flushed "unflushables" lead to sewer backups along our pipelines.  These disruptions in the flow of flushed water create wear and tear on our systems, with the potential to create increased maintenance costs for the city of Athens. Other times the backup appears a little closer to home, with sewage seeping up through a bathtub or toilet in your own home.
But we have the power to prevent this by remembering one simple rule.


back up
  A sewer overflow can occur in your home.

The 4 P's of Flushing: Pee, Poo, Paper, and Puke


The 4 P's of Flushing is very basic. Only Pee, Poo, Paper, and Puke should go down a toilet. To clear up any potential confusion, the "P" representing "Paper" refers only to toilet paper.
Items that start with P but are NOT one of the 4 P's
Prophylactics (aka condoms)
Plastics (such as tampon applicators)
Packaged "flushable" wipes/baby wipes
Personal care items
Pharmaceuticals
Paper towels
Ping pong balls
Pet litter
Pennies
Paint
Phish
Items we have found at our water reclamation facilities.  These items belong in the trash can, not the toilet.
Collage of Items Not to Flush

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