What goes down, may come up
Tips to prevent sewer backups during the
COVID-19 era

The news is full of stories that show toilet paper shortages throughout the country,
including shortages in the State of Montana. As a result, people may choose to use
other products that aren’t meant to be flushed, such as baby wipes, paper napkins,
or paper towels.
If you are running short on toilet paper and opt to use paper towels or wipes of
any kind – even those marked “flushable” – please DO NOT FLUSH! You may think
flushing a single paper towel or wipe each trip to the bathroom is not a big deal,
but those flushes add up. Items other than toilet paper can clog the sewer. This
can endanger public health and the environment. It can also cause damage to the
sewage system and sewage treatment plant and damage your home or property.
This damage is costly to you and the city. Remember, service lines from your house
to the sewer main are your responsibility.
Instead of flushing paper towels or wipes, they must be thrown in the trash.
To keep your home clean and healthy, remove the trash regularly and place it in a
secure garbage bin outside.


The Town of Chester provides water, sewer, garbage and mosquito control. The services are billed at the end of each month and payment is due by the 25th of the following month.

Chester has a large park that encompasses an entire city block. It has a bathroom facility, playground equipment and plenty of picnic areas. A large covered, three sided pavilion was constructed in 2010. While there is no electric, water or sewer services for overnight campers, travelers may stay for up to 3 nights at no charge. A donation box is located on site and donations are very much appreciated.

The Hi-Line Pool and Recreation Foundation constructed a new swimming pool and pool house in 2008. The pool was built with donated money and turned over to the Town of Chester for operations. The pool is open to the public from the first of June to the end of August.

On Hwy 2 the Town of Chester has a rest area park for those just passing through town. The local Lions Club Group maintains and operates the park. The bathrooms are available for use from April through November (depending on the weather). During the winter outhouse facilities are available. A new Chamber of Commerce building is being constructed. This will house travel information and local attractions. There are areas to sit and watch passing trains, picnic or walk your dog.

The town also maintains an outdoor ice rink in the winter months. The rink is usually frozen in December and lasts until the Chinooks blow in.


Photo taken by Pat Ludwig

Photo taken by Pat Ludwig