West Burlington

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Due to the COVID-19 Virus concerns, the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant seen an increase in wipes labeled “flushable” being flushed into the City’s sewer mains. The City of West Burlington wants residents to be aware that wipes that are sold as “flushable” are in fact not safe for your sewer line or the City’s sewer pipes. Flushing of wipes causes cities to spend thousands of dollars on premature equipment repair and replacement. Wipes snag on any imperfection in sewer pipes, catch passing debris and grease, and create a “ball” that will grow to eventually plug the pipe. The wipes get drawn into sewer-lines and wastewater treatment plant pumps and clog and damage the pumps. Municipalities must manually clear out the pumps or remove the clogs. The following is list of items that do not flush into the City’s sewer mains, both “flushable” and “non-flushable”.

• Wipes of any kind, flushable and non-flushable
• Feminine hygiene products, condoms, contraceptives
• Excessive fats, oil, grease
• Bandages, wrappings
• Cigarette butts and coffee grounds
• Disposable diapers and dryer sheets
• Ear swabs, cotton balls, dental floss
• Facial tissue, paper towels, scrubbing pads
• Hair
• Medication
• Pet waste, kitty litter
• Automotive fluid
• Paint, solvents, sealants, thinners
• Poisons, hazardous waste
• Plastic of any kind
• Inorganic materials
• Syringes, needles, sharps

The only material that should be flushed is that which comes from the body and toilet paper.

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West Burlington, IA 52655


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