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Think Before You Flush - The Dirty Dozen

The water you flush and the water that goes down your drains travels through miles of wastewater pipes to reach our treatment plants. The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) has 6,452 miles of sewer collection pipes throughout the County. There are three wastewater treatment plants that treat approximately 300 million gallons of wastewater per day.

Our sewers are designed to dispose of toilet paper and human waste only.

Miami-Dade County is responsible for maintaining pipes up to your property line, should you have a blockage. From the property line to the home/business, it is the responsibility of the home or business owner.

  • No Wipes in the Pipes

    WASD removes approximately 300 tons of items that shouldn’t be flushed from its system on a monthly basis. You can help prevent sewer pipe breaks and wastewater overflows by following the rule of the three Ps when flushing things down the toilet. Make sure to only flush "pee, poop and toilet paper." Wet wipes and other items must be disposed of in the trash.

  • Can the Grease

    Recent studies have shown that most of the grease that is causing damage to the wastewater system comes from single-family, apartment and condo residents. Be sure to get rid of fats, oils and grease the right way.

    After you are done cooking, pour the grease into a metal can and let it cool. Then, toss the can into a garbage bin. Don't pour it down the sink or flush it down the toilet.

Tips

Items Not to Flush:

  • Grease / Oils
  • Wet Wipes
  • Sanitary Items
  • Paper Towels
  • Rags
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Diapers
  • Dental Floss
  • Medicines / Vitamins
  • Bandage
  • Cigarettes / Cigar tips
  • Needles

Stop the Clog:

  • Coffee Grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Butter / Margarine
  • Grease / Oils
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Flour
  • Fruit / Vegetable Skins
  • Fruit Pits
  • Medications
  • Orange and Lemon Rinds
  • Produce Stickers
  • Cleaning Solutions
  • Paint