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Posted on: March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Sanitary Sewer Guidelines For The Public

Storm Lake Jump Right In

Storm Lake Jump Right In

For Immediate Release:

For more information contact:           

Keri Navratil


The City of Storm Lake’s sanitary sewer system is not designed to dispose of anything beyond human waste, toilet paper and wastewater. Flushing any other materials down the drains at home can result in:

  • damaged or blocked plumbing
  • increased costs for the homeowner to clean and repair a flooded basement
  • increased operation and maintenance costs for the City to clean and repair the City’s sewer pipes or to fix equipment at a wastewater treatment plant.

To help keep the entire sewage system working well, do not dump down a drain or flush the following:

  • hygiene products
  • wipes/baby wipes – even those that say “flushable” can cause a problem 
  • tampons, sanitary pads
  • condoms
  • cotton swabs
  • dental floss
  • facial tissue
  • paper towels
  • fats, oils, grease
  • pharmaceuticals
  • household hazardous waste -- such as paints, pesticides and many cleaning products


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