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Have you thought about the pipes in your home today?

Pouring medications, chemicals, and hazardous waste down the drain will enter the environment.  Flushing wipes, dental floss, oil and grease can cause basement backups, and add costs to your sewer bill.

Proper disposal of these items is easy.  Learn how you can Love Your Pipes to protect your health, the environment – and your pocketbook!

 Love Your Pipes with a Backflow Preventer!

What is a Backflow Preventer? Do you have one in your home? Find out more by watching this video! Brian & Bob from NEW Water will help you locate the device in your home and teach you about maintaining the device to prevent water from backing up into your basement. Disclaimer: Proper PPE (personal protective equipment) should be worn, and only experienced persons or trained professionals should try this.  If in doubt, call a professional plumber to manage the process for you.

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Can the Wipes!

“Flushable” wipes are becoming increasingly popular – and are causing backups in homes across the U.S.  These wipes should be disposed of in the trashcan, not the toilet.  They can stick to FOG already in the pipe, clog up pipes, and get tangled in pumps and sewer equipment, causing sewerage backups, and costly repairs for homeowners and wastewater utilities alike.  “Flushable” wipes, along with baby wipes, dental floss, mop refills, paper towels, towelettes, and cleaning wipes also should be put into the trashcan.  Only toilet paper and human waste (the “3Ps”) should be flushed.  Save yourself and your wastewater utility from a pain in the drain – flush only the 3Ps!

For more information, please visit:

"Flushable Wipes and Other Non-Dispersible Products.” The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has posted numerous resources on the issue.
“Will It Flush?” Check out this educational video created by the City of Spokane Department of Wastewater Management and shared in partnership with the Water Environment Federation. 

 Happy Holidays! Watch "O Love Your Pipes"
Performed by NEW Water Staff

 Don't Turkey Your Drain

Fats,oils, and grease (FOG) should not be poured down the kitchen sink, as they can cause clogged pipes, backups, and necessitate costly repairs. These materials can harden as they travel through pipes, and stick to the interior walls, creating a drag on water flow, and eventually, clogging altogether.  FOG should be disposed of in the trashcan.

Hazardous WasteHousehold Hazardous Waste

Old paint and adhesives are just a few examples of hazardous materials that also should be properly disposed of - and not placed down your drain.  For information on how to properly dispose of hazardous materials, please visit:  Brown County Resource Recovery.

Unused MedicationMedication

Unwanted and unused medication can present opportunities for environmental contamination, drug abuse and accidental poisonings. Pharmaceuticals should not be flushed down the toilet or poured down the sink – wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to treat these materials.  Collection events and drop boxes are necessary to ensure their proposal disposal.  For pharmaceutical drop-off information in Brown County, please visit: Brown County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Collection Program.

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