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Due to State approval, the County of Santa Clara's new public health order is now in effect, as of Monday, July 13. For details, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/CoronavirusUpdates.

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Help Keep our Sewer Systems Clear & Flowing

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage the public to follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations to clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is important to discard those items in the trash, not the toilet. 

Wastewater treatment facilities around the state have reported issues with their sewer systems. Flushing wipes and paper towels will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Let's do our part and remember, wipes clog pipes!

Do NOT Flush

  • Flushable wipes: Flushable wipes are NOT biodegradable. Even wipes labeled “flushable” will clog pipes.
  • Disinfectant wipes: Do not flush any sanitizing or disinfectant wipes in the toilet. 
  • Prescription medicine: Flushing prescription medicines affect our wildlife after being discharged into the bay and ocean.
  • Feminine products (tampons, pads and panty liners)
  • Disposable diapers or baby wipes
  • Floss
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Trash of any kind

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What to Flush?

Help us keep wastewater treatment costs down, keep our sewer lines clear, and protect the environment by remembering that your toilet is for only human waste and toilet paper. We encourage Santa Clarans to help prevent sewer overflows which endanger property and public health. 

Only flush the 3 Ps...

  • Pee
  • Poop
  • Paper (Toilet paper)

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