Clean Drain Campaign

The Baltimore Clean Drain Campaign is a public awareness campaign to keep our homes and streams free of sewage. Baltimore schools compete in a friendly competition to collect pledges from parents, students, and city residents. Winning schools get cash prizes!

Trash the Wipes!

Wet wipes belong in the garbage, not down the drain.

Here's what we hope you pledge to do: Put your used wet wipes in a diaper pail, instead of flushing them down the toilet. When the pail is full, empty it into the trash. Mission accomplished!

Photo courtesy of
Dispose of the wipes in the same place you dispose of diapers. Photo courtesy of Walmart

It's false advertising to claim that wet wipes are "flushable." And why does the City of Baltimore care how you dispose of your wipes? Because wipes clog pipes -- your home plumbing and the city sewer system. 

When wipes clog your home plumbing, you can end up with unpleasant and expensive problems. 

Photo courtesy of DIY network
So-called flushable wipes have clogged this toilet, and created a nasty job for the resident. 
Photo courtesy of

When residents flush wet wipes down the toilet, it becomes the city's problem, too. Even if the wipes don't get stuck in home plumbing, they still might clog the sewer system.  

Photo courtesy
Wet wipes get stuck in home plumbing and city sewers. Photo courtesy of Columbine Water and Sanitation District.

And when the sewer system can't to deliver wastewater to the treatment plant, the nasty sewage bursts out and runs into streams and Baltimore Harbor, instead. 

Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Clogged sewer systems cause polluted streams. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

And that's how wipes in your pipes leads to warning signs along your streams!

Photo courtesy Charmcity123/Flickr
Clogged pipes cause polluted waters. Photo courtesy of Charmcity123 via Flickr.