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Preventing Sewer Problems and Road Closures

Recent sewer issues on Pinehaven at Northside Drive have brought to light problems caused by the inappropriate disposal of wipes in the sewer system. Multiple clogs in the sewer line due to the flushing of sanitary wipes and feminine hygiene products were discovered to be causing the clogs and line breaks. Causing traffic disruptions.

As repairs were made to the sewer line, lanes on Pinehaven had to be closed to allow crews to make repairs and a bypass pump to continue movement of sewage through the system. As repairs were made to the original break, additional breaks were identified which delayed the reopening of the heavily traveled lanes of Pinehaven.

Public Works officials are seeking the assistance from the public in preventing future line clogs and lane closures in the City.

Over the past couple of years, many more consumers have turned to the use of sanitary wipes as an alternative to toilet paper. While the packaging of the products claim that they are septic and sewer friendly, that is not the case. These products do not dissolve quickly and interfere with the grinder pumps that help liquefy the waste and move it to the treatment facilities.

City officials are asking the public’s assistance in preventing damage to city infrastructure and preventing costly backups and repairs. Public Works Director Dexter Shelby is working to educate the public about the importance of proper disposal through the city’s sewer system.

Shelby explained, “when you use your toilet, shower, washing machine or dishwasher, wastewater leaves your home through pipes that connect to the city sewer system. Many materials frequently flushed or poured down the drain can harm the pipes that connect to city sewers as well as the city sewer system.”

Every property owner connected to the city sewer system can be a potential contributor to sewer problems, as well as a potential victim of those problems. 

Putting the wrong things down the drain can damage the sewer system, cause sewer backups in a home and sewer releases to the environment. Anyone who uses the city sewer system should be responsible for what they flush or pour down drains.

Basically, the only things that should ever be flushed down a toilet are human waste (urine and feces) and toilet paper. Even though some products such as feminine hygiene products, wipes and baby diapers claim to be flushable, they aren't.  

Maintaining a working sewer system is dependent upon a working partnership between the City and residents. Taking the time to dispose of items appropriately can prevent future issues to personal property and city infrastructure. For more information about City services or to report improper disposal of grease and solid waste, contact Clinton Public Works at 601-924-2239.

Here is a list of some things to keep out of the toilet for help preserve the city’s sewage infrastructure and prevent damage to your home sewer lines: 

•         Disposable diapers

•         Tampons and tampon applicators

•         Sanitary napkins

•         Cotton balls and swabs

•         Mini or maxi pads

•         Condoms

•         Cleaning wipes of any kind, including baby wipes

•         Facial tissue

•         Bandages and bandage wrappings

•         Automotive fluids

•         Paint, solvents, sealants and thinners

•         Poisons and hazardous waste

•         Pet poop