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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Western asks customers, “flush only the 3 Ps, please!”

RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) is reminding its customers to help prevent clogs and backups in the sewer system by only flushing the 3 Ps, please! Remembering the 3 Ps – pee, poo, and (toilet) paper – will help Western maintain essential wastewater treatment systems and sewer service for homes and businesses.

Recently, NBC News reported, “Americans coping with coronavirus are clogging toilets with wipes and T-shirts, as a shortage of toilet paper leads to desperate measures.” The news report shared, “There has also been a run on disinfectant wipes, the result of well-meaning homeowners who have been following the recommendations of public health officials and sterilizing often-touched surfaces such as faucets, doorknobs and countertops, industry experts said.” 

“Clogged pipes is a stressor that can be avoided. Proper disposal practices protect your home and our sewer system. No wipes in the pipes is something we all can do to control hazards to our environment,” said General Manager Craig Miller. 

Pee, poo, and (toilet) paper are natural for the systems to manage. Flushing only the 3 Ps allows wastewater to flow easily through the system. Flushing items other than the 3 Ps will contribute to clogs and backups into customer homes. Sewage overflows and backups can create health risks of their own, resulting in higher levels of bacteria or damage to the lines that exist in your home. 

“Using paper towels, disposable wipes, and other products can harm home plumbing systems. These items do not break down easily in the sewer and can create massive clogs,” said Miller. 

Western is diligently maintaining our wastewater (sewer) services and system, but we need your help too. Western encourages you to keep wiping down surfaces in your homes and business to keep things clean, but be sure to toss those wipes, paper towels, and facial tissues into the trash. 

Learn more about how Western is supporting customers during the Coronavirus pandemic at wmwd.com/Coronavirus. Learn more about Western’s water quality at wmwd.com/WaterQuality. 

Read the full NBC News article: Americans coping with coronavirus are clogging toilets with wipes and T-shirts 

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Western Municipal Water District is one of the largest public agencies in Riverside County, providing water and wastewater (sewer) services to nearly a million people, both retail and wholesale customers who live, work and play within 527-square miles in one of California’s most populous regions. 

Learn more: wmwd.com
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