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Help Prevent Sanitary Sewer Overflows | Tips, Videos, & Photos

Post Date:April 13, 2020 9:30 AM

The City of Fort Lauderdale reminds neighbors that water and wastewater services are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. These essential services will continue without interruption. During this challenging situation, as people are spending more time at home, please help us prevent sanitary sewer overflows by following these recommendations:⁣⁣
🚽 Be mindful of what you flush. Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. Never flush:⁣⁣

  • tampons & other feminine hygiene products⁣⁣
  • baby wipes / wet wipes / cleaning pads⁣⁣
  • dental floss⁣⁣
  • q-tips / cotton balls⁣⁣
  • diapers⁣⁣
  • paper towels / tissues⁣⁣
  • hair⁣⁣
  • cigarette butts⁣⁣
  • condoms⁣⁣
  • kitty litter⁣⁣

🚫 Do not pour fats, oils, or greases down the drain. Here's what to do instead:⁣⁣

  • Pour cooking oils into old cans, milk containers, or other packages and dispose in your black garbage cart.⁣⁣
  • Use a paper towel to wipe dishes and pots to remove grease prior to washing.⁣⁣
  • Place fat trimmings from meat in your black trash cart, not your garbage disposal.⁣⁣

To report a sewer overflow, please contact the City of Fort Lauderdale’s 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at 954-828-8000 or visit the Lauderserv page on the City website at to submit a service request.

To learn more about the City's response to COVID-19, please visit

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Video Playlist

The following playlist includes a collection of videos from around South Florida and the world to demonstrate that cities everywhere are facing this same issue. Sanitary sewer overflows and costly repairs can be avoided if you follow the recommendations on this page.


Photo Gallery

 Pump Station D-5 in Seven Isles - March 20, 2020

🐸 Click here to view photos shared by the City's public works staff that show the effects of improper disposal of items in the toilet or down the drain.

💡 Remember, only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed and cooking oil should not be disposed of down the drain.

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