In the wake of the COVID-19 situation, the Region of Peel has released a statement urging residents to not flush paper towels and wipes.

The coronavirus toilet paper shortage and the increased use of things such as Lysol wipes are a plumbing time bomb waiting to happen.

A statement from Peel Public Works read, “We understand that in response to the novel coronavirus residents are using disinfectant wipes to help protect themselves and their families. However, flushing certain items, like wipes, down your toilet can cause clogged pipes. It can also result in costly sewer maintenance. We are asking for your help to ensure we maintain the integrity of our wastewater system.”

Residents are also advised to place used wipes of any kind, including baby wipes and wipes that claim to be flushable, in the garbage and put paper towels in compost. For more information on what not to put in your toilet, visit

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