Eugene-Springfield’s resource for clean water &
sustainable management practices.
The Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC) protects our local health, safety, and environment by providing high quality management of wastewater treatment to the Eugene-Springfield community–24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Our work is driven by our commitments to:
- High Environmental Standards
- Fiscal Management that is effective and efficient
- A successful intergovernmental partnership
- Maximum reliability and useful life of regional assets and infrastructure
- Public awareness and understanding of MWMC, the regional wastewater system,
and its objective for maintaining water quality and a sustainable environment.
Oregon Becomes Second State to Require ‘Do Not Flush’ Labeling on Disposable Wipes
On June 8, Gov. Kate Brown signed HB 2344 into law, making Oregon only the second U.S. state to require “Do Not Flush” labeling on disposable wipes. This labeling standard will ensure that product packaging for baby wipes, makeup wipes, cleaning wipes, and other personal care wipes sold in Oregon clearly indicates that such products should not be flushed down toilets.
The MWMC supported HB 2344 and is glad that it is now law. The MWMC sent a letter of support to Oregon House District 11 Representative Marty Wilde, as well as provided testimony on several occasions.
The flushing of disposable wipes causes clogs in wastewater pipes and pumps, as well as damage to equipment at wastewater treatment plants. To remove these blockages, wastewater operators must use cutting tools and other heavy industrial tools, which increases both labor and equipment costs. Additionally, accumulation of wipes in pipes can lead to backup of wastewater into homes and public spaces, creating a public health hazard and environmental damage.
While “Do Not Flush” labeling will make a positive impact, everyone has a role to play in the pollution prevention effort. Help keep our environment and local waterways healthy by only flushing the three Ps (pee, poop, and toilet paper). To learn more, visit our Pollution Prevention webpage.
Plus, watch the MWMC’s video series to learn what you can do to help protect our rivers!