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"Don't Create a Monster" Campaign Returns to Bakersfield!

Help prevent costly City sewage problems

The City of Bakersfield is re-launching its “Don’t Create a Monster – Think Before You Flush” public outreach campaign to help the City’s Public Works Department combat the problem of clogged sewer lines.

The public will soon see billboards around town reminding them about what should NOT be flushed.

Wipes used for personal hygiene, housecleaning, changing diapers and more can cause major problems for the City’s sewer and wastewater treatment systems. Many of these products are labeled as “flushable,” but they are NOT.

These products do not break down the same way toilet paper does, and as a result, put stress on the sewer and treatment equipment, causing damage, and leading cities to spend thousands of dollars on premature equipment repair and replacement.

While the billboards were previously planned, this is also a timely reminder as stores are short on toilet paper supplies and many people are looking for alternatives during the COVID-19 health crisis.

The “Don’t Create a Monster – Think Before You Flush” campaign is an effort to remind residents to only flush toilet paper.

For more tips on how residents can help keep their pipes clean and functioning properly, please see the list of tips provided in the PDF linked below.

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