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Photo of Juan Davis of Franklin Grease BustersTHIS IS SO NOT GOOD TO PUT DOWN YOUR DRAIN!

  • Grease- The grease will eventually solidify and clog a portion, or all, of your drain.  Hot water does not help!  Please pour your grease into a can or container and once it solidifies, throw into your trash can.
  • Egg shells-egg shells can clog your pipes.  Please throw into the trash.
  • Vegetables/Peels- This includes Potato peels, asparagus, lettuce, celery and potato peels. These items can turn into glue in your pipes.
  • Pasta/Rice-Ditto on the glue in your pipes

If you do get a clogged pipe, call a plumber or you can call the Water Management Department, the clog may have gotten to the main lines in your neighborhood. Here is the number (615) 794-4554 during business hours, and (615) 791-3260 after business hours, weekends and holidays.

Flush-able Wipes and Toilet Clogs

Nothing but toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet.

Remember the 3-P’s-Only paper, pee, and poop down the loo! (potty)

See a 15-Ton “Fatberg” lodged in Sewer System in London partly due to disposable wipes!  and

Remember: “Only Rain Down the Drain!”

Don't dump anything down storm drains. Litter is a primary cause of stormwater runoff pollution, but it’s also one of the easiest to prevent.

  • Never pour anything down the drain
  • Clean up yard clippings and leaves to avoid them being washed into the storm drain when it rains.
  • Sweep your sidewalks and driveway, and compost or dispose of the debris rather than hosing it down and washing it to the storm drain.
  • Fight runoff with awareness—tell your neighbors "only rain down the drain," and complete a storm drain stenciling project in your neighborhood.
  • Don’t overuse chemicals—read the labels carefully and measure your yard. Check the weatPhoto of Mark Hilty of Franklin Grease Bustersher forecast to avoid applying them before a storm.
  • Dog waste left on streets, pavement, yards, driveways, or along roads can be picked up by stormwater runoff and carried into storm drains or nearby streams, causing significant stormwater pollution and potential health risks to adults, children, and pets.
  • Many people perform maintenance on their vehicles in their driveways or on the street. While this activity isn’t always a problem, it’s important to remember that any spills of oil or other chemicals that occur will get washed into the storm drain the next time it rains.

For more tips visit this page from our stormwater division!