While communities strive to disinfect their homes during the recent pandemic, the City of Kalamazoo Wastewater staff would like to urge residents to throw wipes, paper towels and similar items into the trash rather than flushing them down the toilet.

Flushing these items can cause costly damage, forming blockage to private plumbing and the City's infrastructure, and can result in sewer spills.

Even wipes that are labeled as "flushable" and "septic safe" do not degrade well! You can help... by throwing wipes in the trash. Remember, wipes don't belong in your pipes!