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Ravalli County seeing influx of non-flushable items in sewage system

Posted at 4:58 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 19:01:33-04

In a press release sent from Ravalli County Commissioners, as toilet paper has become somewhat of a shortage item, non-flush-able items are getting into the sewer system and septic tanks.

The Commissioners are reminding people to only flush toilet paper.

The county's plumbing and septic companies are receiving numerous calls about plumbing issues, resulting in longer wait times to get blockages solved.

In towns, damaged/clogged sewer systems could affect the town’s entire sewer system and water supply. Improper use of homes and business septic systems, will result in system failures. Septic and sewer failures will result in sewage backing up into homes and possible drinking water contamination.

The officials are telling county residents to stay calm, follow recommended cleaning measures, practice social distancing measures and stay home if you are sick.

Here is a list of non-flushable items:

Paper towels

Feminine hygiene products such as pads, panty liners, and tampons

Paper towels or paper napkins.

Feminine hygiene products, such as pads, panty liners, and tampons.

Diapers or baby wipes.

Cotton balls or cotton swabs.

Razor blades or disposable razors.


Toothbrushes or dental floss.

Teeth-whitening strips.

Facial wipes or antibacterial hand-cleaning wipes.

Cloth rags or towels.

Bandages, medical tape, or adhesive bandage strips.

Syringes, lancets, blood-sugar test strips, or other medical devices.

Medication, either over-the-counter or prescription type.

Food, candy, grease, cooking oil, or similar material...

Wrappers or packaging.


Condoms, condom wrappers, or other birth control items.

Make-up pads, sponges, or applicators.

Empty containers, bottles, bags, or boxes.