Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is calling on residents to help the district protect the sewer system from items that should not be flushed down toilets.
“Our hearts are with everyone being affected by COVID-19 at this time,” said Katie Evans, Director of Communications and Conservation for CVWD. “Our employees continue to work to ensure safe and reliable water services but we need our customer’s help to protect the sewer system.”
Evans said the sewer system currently is receiving a high volume of items that can clog pipes and damage pumps, such as paper towels and so-called flushable wipes. Some of this increase could be associated with temporary shortages of toilet paper but substitutes such as wipes should be placed in the trash.
“Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet,” Evans said.
Additional information about water issues and COVID-19 is available at www.cvwd.org/covid-19
The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional stormwater protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.