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Good Plumbing Etiquette Saves Our Pipes#

Toilet paper dissolved in water after 15 minutes and wipes undissolved in water after two weeks.

Only flush the three Ps:

  • Pee
  • Poo
  • Toilet paper

That's it!

Don't Flush 'Flushable' Wipes!#

Let’s clear up the misconception. Wipes and other synthetic items don’t disappear when they leave your toilet bowl. They can get stuck in your pipes, break City equipment and block sewer lines, which cause yucky sewer overflows for you and your neighbors. Throw them away, instead.

Commonly Flushed Items That Belong in the Trash#

Wipes (even flushable)                    Cotton swabs
Paper towels                                    Hair
Feminine hygiene products             Dental floss
Trash                                                Cotton balls
Condoms                                         Makeup remover pads
Cigarette butts                                Facial tissues
Diapers                                            Cat litter

Keep Fats, Oils and Grease Out of the Sink#

Because the pipes leaving our homes all lead to the same place, we need to be mindful of what we are putting down the sink, too. Fats, oils and grease (FOG) can clog the pipes in your home and in our wastewater system. When FOG goes down a sink drain, it is not broken down by the garbage disposal. Instead, it cools in the wastewater system and sticks to the inside of the pipes, creating FOG buildup. This buildup can lead to sewer blockages that send untreated wastewater backwards – out of manholes or back into your house or your neighbor's house.

You can help prevent FOG from causing backups and harming our sewer system. Please pour cooled FOG in a container and throw it away.

Learn more about FOG


Many homes are using water efficient faucets in kitchens and bathrooms. If your home is equipped with these, you’re using less water – great job! It’s important to be aware that keeping fats, oils and grease (FOG) out of your plumbing is key to ensuring your sewer line and our community’s wastewater system operates properly. Click here to learn more about how to properly dispose of FOG.


Water efficient toilets are better for the environment and your pocketbook, saving you money on your water and wastewater bill. In fact, to encourage more residents to upgrade to a toilet that uses less water, Fort Collins Utilities offers rebates for qualifying models, in addition to other fixtures. Saving water improves our community's resilience to drought and other factors.

Only flush the three Ps (pee, poo, and toilet paper) to ensure continued performance in your sewer line and the community's wastewater system. High efficiency fixtures, such as toilets, mean less water flows to the sewer. Adopting good disposal practices is key to minimizing blockages and other issues.

Additional Resources#

Did You Know?

You can save up to 10% on heating bills by using a programmable or smart thermostat to minimize heating when away from home or asleep.

Changing your hot tub setting to "economy mode" can save energy and money. 

Rebates are available to insulate attics, exterior walls and crawl space walls, improving your home's comfort.