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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.

For more information, call the 24-hour call center at 305-274-9272.

  • No Wipes in the Pipes

    Place toilet paper in a mixing bowl with water and mix at a low to medium speed. Place a wet wipe in a mixing bowl with water and mix at a low to medium speed. Note the difference. Toilet paper immediately breaks apart. The wet wipe will likely remain intact.

    Wet wipes must be disposed in garbage cans. Although some packages say "flushable,"that is not always accurate and the wipes can cause sewage backups into your home or business.

  • 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.


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

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