Public Service Announcement

Improper Disposal of Disinfectant Wipes

Information for the Public

Release Date: March 24, 2019

The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Water & Sewer Department is reminding residents and businesses who are cleaning during the COVID-19 outbreak that they should NOT flush disinfectant wipes or paper towels down toilets. Doing so will clog drains, back up sewers, and cause overflows at sewage lift stations.


Wipes, even those labelled flushable, have long been an issue because they block pumps, causing sewer backups. They do not break down like toilet paper. Wipes can catch on tree roots, joins and gather fat, oil, and grease, becoming large rags that block sewer lines.


Furthermore, the Town is assuring the community that as the Water & Sewer Department is an essential service, our dedicated crews will be on hand to ensure Water & Sewer Services are not disrupted, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay appreciates your cooperation.