Caution! Officials have reported increased clogging activity in your area. Are your pipes safe?
The Problem in Our Pipes
Wipes: Masquerading as convenient and safe, this clogging culprit is anything but. Once flushed down the toilet, disposable or "flushable" wipes are proven to cause disastrous problems for your home's plumbing and our community's sewer system. Wipes refuse to break down causing major sewer clogs and plumbing backups. Hoards of wipes can join together to inflict expensive damage to your home plumbing and community sewer systems. The only things that should be flushed down your toilet are Pee, Poop, and Toilet Paper.
Medication: Flushing medication leads to toxic conditions in our rivers, irreparably and adversely changing the delicate network of organisms that are necessary for a healthy environment. Though it may be convenient to flush unwanted meds down the toilet, this menace harms our environment and poisons waterways! Protect our waterways, don't let medication cause mayhem.
Fats, Oils Grease: Pour grease, coffee grounds, and other oily substances into a empty container like a peanut butter jar or soup can. Cool the can in the freezer between uses. Once full of grease, put a lid on the container and throw it in the trash can. Make sure to wipe excess grease with a paper towel before washing cookware.
Wipes: Keep a trash can in your bathroom. Throw used wipes, q-tips, tampons, pads, floss, cotton balls, and other materials in the trash can, not your toilet. Unless it's one of the three P's (Pee, Poop, toilet Paper) it belongs in the trash. When you flush trash, you flush cash!
Meds: If home disposal is necessary, the CDC recommends putting undesired medication in a plastic bag, adding detergent, coffee grounds, kitty litter or other unpalatable materials to the bag, and throwing the sealed bag in the trash can. Alternatively, visit a drug drop off location or prescription take-back event to safely dispose of your meds. Find drop-off locations on our medication page.
The Usual Suspects
Fats, Oils, Grease (FOG)
Conspiracy to Clog in the 1st Degree
Aggravated Sink Stink
all compostable food waste, cleaning agents, hazardous materials
Wet wipes and related products
Conspiracy to Clog in the 1st Degree
Voluntary Toilet Trouble
facial tissues and household cleaning wipes, cotton balls, Q-tips, dental floss, non-flushable paper towels, feminine hygiene products (tampons and sanitary pads)
Contaminating the Potomac in the 1st Degree
Accidental Poisoning in the 3rd Degree
controlled and non-controlled medication, expired medication, unused medication, pills of all sorts
Who We Are
The Protect Your Pipes initiative is a part of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Community Engagement Campaign (CEC), a partnership between COG and regional water supply and wastewater members to engage the citizens of metropolitan Washington in wise water use and source water protection, via public messaging. CEC Members, including Alexandria Renew, Town of Leesburg, Town of Purcellville, Arlington County, DC Water, Fairfax County, Fairfax Water, Frederick County, Loudoun Water, Prince William County Service Authority, City of Rockville,the Upper Occoquan Service Authority, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), and Virginia American Water have partnered to promote to preserve the integrity of our source water and promote responsible waste disposal.The Protect Your Pipes characters, logos, and brand are full and exclusive property of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), its members, and the Protect Your Pipes Campaign.
Sabra Design created the artwork and brand for the Protect Your Pipes Campaign. Sabra is an all inclusive brand and interactive design company serving the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia area. With over 14 years of combined multimedia design experience, their portfolio ranges from work for Fortune 50 companies to non-profits, small businesses and artists. Visit their website.