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Brooklyn, Queens Residents Asked To Avoid Flushing Toilets During Storms

March 03, 2018 - 10:47 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- If it's yellow let it mellow.

According to a New York Times report, the city has asked residents of parts of Brooklyn and Queens to cut back on water used during storms by putting off dishwashing, showering, and toilet flushing.

Officials say home waste water flows into the same sewers that collect rain water from rooftops and streets.

When those pipes overflow, the raw sewage ends up in rivers and streams instead of treatment plants.

So, forget about flushing?

"We're five people in an apartment, so that would be hard. I don't know if we could do it if we wanted to," Toni said.

She said the city should upgrade the sewer system.