Protecting Public Health and the Environment.

DEQ reminds the public to avoid flushing wipes and other disposables

Friday, March 20, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) strives to be a full partner in the effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

As more Idahoans stay home, DEQ is asking the public to only flush toilet paper to avoid costly damage to private and public sewer lines and treatment systems.

Alternatives, including paper towels and flushable disposable wipes,  can clog sewer lines and cause sewage backups.

To ensure the health of your family, avoid flushing any consumable product that is not toilet paper:

  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • Q-tips
  • Moist towels
  • Feminine hygiene products

For individuals or households using alternatives to toilet paper, DEQ suggests placing a container with a disposable plastic bag and lid near the toilet to dispose of these consumer products.

Protecting public health and keeping Idahoans safe is our priority. For additional public health information, see the official Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage, call 2-1-1, or call your local public health district.


Media Contact

Surface and Wastewater Division Administrator
Mary Anne Nelson
DEQ State Office
Water Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0291
mary.anne.nelson@deq.idaho.gov