No Wipes Down the Pipes

Just because the package says “flushable” doesn't mean it’s true. Many items marketed as disposable and/or flushable do not degrade like toilet paper, and they wind up clogging pipes, tangling pumps and causing messy sewer backups into streets, homes and businesses.

The North Richland Hills Public Works Department wants to remind all residents: wipes clog pipes. Unless it is toilet paper, it should not be flushed.

Everyone should help prevent costly and messy sewer backups by placing wipes and disposable cleaning products in the trash, not the toilet. Items that should never be flushed include:

  • “flushable” wipes;
  • baby wipes;
  • bandages;
  • cotton swabs;
  • dental floss;
  • diapers;
  • disinfecting wipes;
  • feminine products;
  • make-up removing wipes;
  • toilet seat covers;
  • paper towels;
  • pharmaceuticals;
  • Swiffer products;
  • toilet bowl scrub pads;
  • other similar products.
If you have questions or want more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-427-6440.