There has been a significant increase in the use of disinfecting wipes to clean homes and work spaces in an effort to stay healthy. Please remember that wipescan NOT be flushed down the toilet, even if they are labeled as "disposable" or "flushable".
Unlike toilet paper, which breaks down quickly in water, personal, baby and cleaning/disinfecting wipes remain intact and tangle into massive clogs that jam pumps and block pipes. See the recent EPA New Release on this issue.
Here’s a list of a few other items that should NEVER be flushed down your toilet:
Cloth rags or towels
Baby wipes, Toilet wipes, Disinfecting wipes, or cloth wipes of any kind
Paper (other than toilet paper/tissue)
Medications (Prescription, or over-the-counter)
Feminine hygiene products of any kind
Beauty products, Q-Tips, dental floss
Plastics of any kind
"Disposable" contact lenses
Grease of any kind – especially cooking grease
Garden supplies (such as pesticides, fertilizers)
Paint, varnish, paint remover
Motor oil, gasoline, or any explosive material
Your help can reduce blockages in pipes which can lead to sewer backups in the environment, the streets or even your home!
Annual Hydrant Flushing Program to Begin in March
The Middletown Water Department will begin State mandated annual water main flushing the week of March 16, 2020. Flushing will typically occur between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. The flushing should be complete in approximately 10 to 12 weeks.