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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Gas & Water sees increase in sewer blockages

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville Gas & Water sewer system blockages have increased recently due to higher volumes of wipes, paper towels, rags and other trash being flushed into toilets.

Citizens are urged to help reduce messy and costly sewer blockages that damage homes and the City’s sewer system by flushing only toilet paper in toilets and by never using a toilet as a trash can.

Although many paper products are labeled as “flushable” or “disposable” they are commonly made of fibers that do not break down or deteriorate quickly like toilet paper in the wastewater treatment process. They can collect in sewer lines and create a blockage.

Listed below are commonly flushed paper products and items that often lead to sewer blockages and damaged sewer system pumps and equipment. Please properly dispose of these items in the trash.

1.      Flushable or disposable wipes of any kind.

2.      Q-Tips.

3.      Paper or shop towels.

4.      Diapers, disposable or cloth.

5.      Feminine products.

6.      Fats, oils and grease.

7.      Trash of any kind.

8.      Food or food scraps.

Learn more about helping maintain a healthy and efficient sanitary sewer system on our website, https://www.cityofclarksville.com/314/Prevent-Backups.


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