Avoid a Sewer Backup by Knowing what is (and is not) Safe to Flush

Avoid a Sewer Backup by Knowing what is (and is not) Safe to Flush

The Lakeland Regional Sewer District would like to get the word out to all customers about what items should not be flushed down your toilet. Products that seem flushable such as paper towels, disposable wipes, and used cooking grease can cause blockages in your sewer line to the grinder which can lead to a sewer back up into your home.

Some items can also interfere with the operation of the district’s grinder stations and even damage the grinder pumps. These issues can increase operations and maintenance cost for the district. One of the primary goals of the Lakeland Regional Sewer District is to treat our customer’s wastewater in a way that improves the areas water quality while keeping the cost as low as possible for our customers.

NEVER flush (or put down the drain / garbage disposal) the following Items:

  • Baby / Facial / Cleaning Wipes
  • Tampons
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Medication
  • Hair
  • Dental Floss
  • Cotton Swabs / Balls
  • Bandages
  • Rags and Towels
  • Rubber Items (like latex gloves)
  • Fat, Cooking Oils, Grease
  • Clothing Labels
  • Candy / Food Wrappers
  • Syringes
  • Cigarette Butts
  • Disposable Toilet Brushes
  • Kitty Litter
  • Aquarium Gravel
  • Plastic Items
  • Diapers
  • Fruit Stickers
  • Paper Towels

Please place these items in the trash instead!

We are asking everyone to dispose of the items listed here with their household trash service, where it can be taken for disposal in an environmentally responsible manner. If you have any questions you can contact the Lakeland Regional Sewer District at (574) 529-2383.