Sewer System Information

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Sewer System Information

This notice is for all of our residents that are connected to the City of Clemson’s sewer system or will be in the future. This information is intended to educate the customer and anyone living in your home as to what should not be flushed down the toilet or poured into a drain. We recently have experienced a number of clogged sewer lines in the City, and clogged pumps at our sewer pump stations because of foreign material being flushed down the toilets or poured down the drains. The sewer lines and sewer pump stations are designed to handle used water, human waste and tissue paper only.

Examples of what should not be flushed down the toilets or poured down drains are as follows:

  • Baby wipes, Toilet Wipes, Towelettes, Disinfecting wipes, or cloth wipes of any kind (even if the package indicates that they are “flushable”)
  • Paper (other than toilet paper or toilet tissue)
  • Medications (Prescription, or over-the-counter medications) - Please contact your pharmacist about returning unused medications for disposal.
  • Needles should always be disposed of in a sharps container- you can make one out of an old coffee can if you clearly label it and it has a lid.
  • Feminine hygiene products of any kind and contraceptives of any kind.
  • Beauty products, cotton balls, Q-tips, dental floss, razors, razor blades, and etc.
  • Plastics of any kind
  • Grease of any kind-especially cooking grease- wipe out pots and pans with paper towels before washing them and dispose of paper towels in the trash.
  • Kitty Litter or Pet Supplies of any kind
  • Garden Supplies (such as pesticides, fertilizers)
  • Paint, Varnish, Paint Remover
  • Motor Oil, Gasoline, or any Explosive Material

All of the above items mentioned should be thrown out with the trash or disposed of properly.  Please remember…only water, human waste and toilet tissue paper should be flushed down toilets. Clogged sewer lines and pumps lead to sewer backups into homes, which are expensive to clean and repair. These cost are borne by the sewer rate payer.  If a sewer back-up occurs you can be held responsible for the costs to correct the problem.

Please share this information with all members of your household. If you have any outside contract/contractor work in your home, please be sure to pass this information on to them as well. Please help us protect our employees, sewer lines and pump stations. If you have any questions about this information please feel free to call Doris Wilson, Chief Operator, of the City of Clemson’s Cochran Road Wastewater Treatment Plant at 864-653-2046.