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Sewer Info

Cloth rags, towels, baby wipes or wipes of any kind (even if the container indicates “flushable”) should NOT be flushed down the public sewer system. The Town has been experiencing an alarming number of clogs at the sewer pump station because these items do not biodegrade. The estimated cost to repair the damaged equipment from these items is $30,000. Anyone caught flushing these items will be fined $100 per violation (per 13.08.080 & 13.08.180 of the Emmitsburg Municipal Code).


In addition to public sewer system damage, these items also harm septic tanks and private sewer lines. This photo shows a clog that occurred here in Emmitsburg (notice all the wipes). Keep this from happening to your home and the public sewer system - PLEASE DO NOT FLUSH WIPES OR FEMINE HYGENE PRODUCTS!


Here are some related articles regarding not so flushable wipes.

Fight over labeling of ‘flushable’ wipes headed to federal court (Washington Post)

Flushable Wipes Are Not Flushable (City of Aberdeen, MD)

‘Flushable’ wipes force divers to travel 80-90 feet into raw sewage to clear clogs (Fox2Now, St. Louis)