Residents warned to watch what they flush at Crescent City apartment complex

Residents told to put items in trash instead of down toilet, including toilet paper

By Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

HOUSTON - Some residents at the Crescent City apartment complex in the 8500 block of Broadway Street are upset about a letter they received from management.

The letter states they've been having problems with the sewer backing up and will now be doing random inspections of the units to make sure everyone has a trash can in their bathroom.

Tenants said they are now being told to put things in the trash instead of down the toilet -- including toilet paper. If they don't, they could face a fine.

"Ugh," said resident Herbert Granger. "That's the only word I got for it. Ugh."

Granger said he thinks it's a violation of privacy even though he has nothing to hide. He even invited Local 2 cameras into his bathroom to prove he's in compliance.

"The letter is really crazy. I feel like they're just trying to find a reason to come into our home," he said.

But not everyone agrees. Phyllis Johnson lives at the complex and said the sewers have been backing up and she believes it's because residents flush things they shouldn't, like diapers.

"I don't see anything wrong with them telling people about trash cans," she said.

Local 2 did reach out to managers of the apartment complex for comment, but was put on hold for 15 minutes and no one would answer our questions.

It's unclear when the new policy will go into effect.

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