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Are Flushable Wipes Flushable?

Flushable wipes are touted as an alternative to toilet paper. This video asks if they are really safe for sewers and septic systems.

Video by Consumer Reports. Published January 2014.

Why Is Dr. Oz Looking for the Things You Flushed?

A segment on The Dr. Oz Show focusing on flushable wipes. The segment featured Dr. Oz's visit to a treatment plant to learn more about the problems that wipes cause for wastewater utilities. The segment also includes Cynthia Finley, NACWA's Director of Regulatory Affairs, as an in-studio guest. (Also see the second segment.)

Video by The Dr. Oz Show. Aired September 2014.

Will It Flush?

This video highlights the fact that although products like facial tissues, dental floss, cotton swabs, and kitty litter may flush down the toilet, they can cause clogged pipes for you and your neighbors.

Video by the Water Environment Federation. Published January 2012.

Why Flushable Wipes Aren't Flushable

Adam explains in this segment why the toilet paper industry's recent advertising ploy is clogging our drains.

Video by Adam Ruins Everything. Published November 2015.

Can't Flush This

Video by United Utilities Water. Published April 2013.

How to Easily Transfer Used Cooking Oil for Recycling

A short video that demonstrates how to easily transfer used cooking oil for recycling. (Also available with Spanish subtitles.)

Video by Wastewater And Treatment Education Roundtable. Published September 2015.

Breaking Up a Fatberg

A vine of workers breaking up a fatberg (congealed fat, wipes, and other materials).

Video by BBC News (UK). Published July 2015.


A report by Steven Wilson of SBS World News Australia that provides a close-up view of a fatberg and describes the work involved in breaking one up.

Video by Steven Wilson. Published December 2015.

Fatberg in London

As highlighted by the BBC in their show Inside Out London, fatbergs are a growing problem in our cities as more and more fat and oils are improperly disposed of via our sewer systems.

Video by BBC. Published January 2015 by Hydro Cleansing.

Maintain Your Drain

A short PSA asking residents to keep their sewer bills from increasing by properly disposing of their fats, oils, and grease.

Video by the City of Denton. Published August 2014.




  • News compiled by the Maine Water Environment Association about wipes:
  • "How to Deal with Leftover Frying Oil," an article by Dawn Perry that explains how to reuse your leftover frying oil. Published February 18, 2015. (When you're ready to recycle your used cooking oil, visit our locator map to find a nearby drop-off location or consult your city on their specific services.)
  • "Flushables Outreach: The Singing Sewermen." Utilities around the world are using lighthearted messages to educate the public about what can and cannot safely go down the drain. WEF Highlights showcases one of these outreach efforts: The Singing Sewerman. Published November 25, 2015.


National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

Find out about NACWA >

NACWA's Toilets Are Not Trashcans campaign includes products mentioned in the Defend Your Drains educational campaign, but also includes consumer products such as plastic microbeads and triclosan. This campaign page includes a section called "Wipes Resources" that includes media coverage, videos, educational materials, flushability guidelines, and studies. NACWA is working with the wipes industry and other wastewater associations on updating flushability guidelines to ensure that wipes labeled "flushable" are truly safe to flush.


Water Environment Federation (WEF)

Find out about WEF >

The WEF publication WEF Highlights showcases flushables outreach efforts. Utilities are creating unique and humorous public service announcements (PSAs) and campaigns to educate the public about what can and cannot go down the drain or toilet. Find WEF Highlights articles featuring these efforts by searching for the keyword FlushablePSA.




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Wastewater And Treatment Education Roundtable     North Central Texas Council of Governments

The Wastewater And Treatment Education Roundtable is a program of the North Central Texas Council of Governments.