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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Trash it. Don’t Flush it.

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The City of Brookings and Jacobs, the City’s Wastewater Treatment Managers would like you to help keep our wastewater system working properly and avoid unnecessary service interruptions.                      

With the recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing a number of changes in our daily lives and it’s becoming more important that we make sound decisions to prevent further issues.  In order to maintain our wastewater system working properly, avoid clogs, equipment damage or process upsets we are reminding everyone of the importance to only flush appropriate waste down the toilet.  

As a quick reminder keep the following in mind - these easy steps will help protect and keep the system operating properly:

Flush it: Urine, Feces (poop & pee) and Toilet Paper. These are the ONLY things to flush down toilets.  Toilet paper breaks down in water, other products do not.

Trash it: Everything else including paper towels, napkins, disposable wet wipes, cleaning or baby wipes - even if marked “flushable”,  cotton puffs/swabs — must be disposed of as trash and NOT flushed down toilets.

We understand that with a possible lack of toilet paper, other products may be used and we ask that you make the necessary arrangements to have trash cans in all bathrooms to capture and properly dispose of those items and ensure that everyone in your household understands this. For businesses, we kindly ask that you also take the necessary precautions to address this by posting signs in your restrooms.

Please help spread the word to avoid unnecessary issues with our wastewater system.

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT INFO:  For further information regarding this press release, please call 541-469-1102.

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