1. Protect Sewer Infrastructure
Municipalities nationwide are reporting expensive repair and maintenance issues resulting from wipes that have been flushed down toilets. Wipes, even those labeled “flushable”, clog sewer pipes and pumps. These paper products are much stronger and thicker than toilet paper so they don’t disintegrate when flushed. This can cause blockages further down the pipe, which could result in a sewage backup into your home. Tissues, paper towels, napkins, and sanitary hygiene products can also clog pipes. The only paper that should be flushed is toilet paper. Anything else should be disposed of in a trash receptacle. Click "Wipes Clog Pipes" to view a brief video demonstrating why toilet paper should be the only paper flushed.
2. Prevent Water Pollution
Protecting our natural water bodies from pollution helps animals survive and thrive. The best way to keep our water clean is by keeping litter and other pollutants out of water bodies! To learn more about protecting our water, click on: Only Rain Down the Storm Drain.
3. Conserve Water
Water is one of our most valuable resources. Using less can be a great way to save money and help the environment. Saving water doesn’t have to change your lifestyle or your landscaping. Make a commitment to small steps such as replacing plants with draught-tolerant versions, only running the dishwasher or washing machine when full, and checking for leaky faucets. These simple actions add up to a big impact over time. To save even more water, consider participating in a City-sponsored project such as our toilet rebate program to replace older water wasting fixtures with more efficient models. For more information and conservation tips, visit the South Florida Water Management District