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Do Your Part to Keep Sewage Where it Belongs

Only Flush Bodily Waste and Toilet Paper

Post Date:03/20/2020 4:45 PM

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Contact: Jesse Saich, (530) 642-4127,

Placerville, Calif. — El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) wants to remind customers not to flush anything down the toilet except bodily waste and toilet paper.

Your toilet is part of a very important network—the sanitary sewage system—which is a series of pipes and pumps that send the sewage that you flush or wash down the drain to EID’s treatment plants for safe treatment and disposal. 

In light of recent shortages of toilet paper, sewer providers around the state and country are finding products other than toilet paper being flushed into sewer systems. These products are causing expensive and damaging impacts to sewer systems and impacting customers.

“If it’s not toilet paper, don’t flush it,” said EID Director of Operations Dan Corcoran. “Paper towels, tissues, cloths, rags, washcloths, diapers, and especially wipes advertised as ‘flushable’ are anything but and do significant harm to the sanitary sewer system. While they may flush, they do not break down and will inevitably clog the sewer system. Please designate a separate sanitary container for any of these products and place them where they belong—in the trash.”

Toilet paper is designed to almost immediately begin to break down as soon as it touches water. Other products are not and quickly clog sewer pipes and damage essential pumps that move sewage to the treatment plant. In many cases, clogged pipes can cause damage to customer property and require expensive plumbing repairs.

Not only are sewage overflows concerning for public health and safety, they can impact our community’s drinking water supplies and potentially damage the environment and health of our local waterways.

“We’re calling on our customers to help us—especially during this critical time—because this is a potential public health and safety issue,” said Corcoran. “Keeping paper towels, wipes and other products out of the system will help prevent costly sewer overflows and protect our community. If you need to use a product other than toilet paper, be sure to put it in the trash.”

Visit our "Don't Trash Your Drain" webpage. We have a printable list of items that should never be flushed, or be put down the drain.


EID is a public agency dedicated to providing high quality water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, hydropower, and recreation services in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.

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