Valley agencies are calling on residents to help protect the sewer system from items that should not be flushed down toilets.

Water and sanitation district employees continue to work to ensure safe and reliable water services but they need customer’s help.

Sewer systems in the valley are currently receiving a high volume of items that clog pipes and damage pumps, such as paper towels and so-called “flushable” wipes. Some of this increase could be associated with temporary shortages of toilet paper but substitutes such as wipes should be placed in the trash. Please only flush human waste and toilet paper.

In addition, please also scrape food into the trash especially fats, oils and grease not down the drain.

All of these items accumulate in sewer systems and create what is known as a fatberg. A fatberg is a congealed mass formed by the combination of flushed non-biodegradable solid matter such as wet wipes, paper towels and grease.

These steps can help save your home’s plumbing and the public sewer system from expensive damage.

If you’d like to find out more, visit the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)’s website to learn about their Toilets are not Trashcans Campaign.