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Be nice to your pipes

Store grease and fat

If poured down the drain, fat and grease can clog your pipes. Clogged pipes can lead to a sewer backup, which would be sure to put a damper on your holiday fun.

While cooking your holiday feast, remember to store grease and fat instead of pouring them down your drain.

Be smart and selective when flushing things down the drain.

Large or absorbent items (feminine hygiene products, paper towels, baby wipes, clothing, nylons etc.) should not be flushed down the toilet or drain because they can get stuck in the pipe and increase the risk of sewer backups. They can also increase the frequency of repairs which can increase sewer fees.

Medical waste, including needles, should be placed in your black waste cart or taken to a pharmacy for disposal. When flushed down the drain, these items pose a safety hazard to staff who work on the sewer system.

Did you know?

  • The Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commision operates the fourth largest treatment facility in Alberta serving over 200,000 residents in 13 municipalities of the Capital Region.
  • Each household in the region generates about 350 litres of wastewater per person per day to be treated at our plant. In 2009 we treated over 27 billion litres of wastewater.
  • We treat and disinfect the discharge from our facility to protect the downstream communities who use the river for their drinking water.

You can help protect the environment:

  • Don't pour fats, oils and grease down the drain. Instead, cool and place them in your green organics cart. These substances clog pipes leading to costly repairs.
  • Take unused medications to the pharmacy for disposal rather than flushing them down the toilet. Pharmaceuticals are not treated and end up in the environment.
  • Use phosphate-free cleaning materials to reduce phosphorous levels in the river. Phosphorous is a nutrient that promotes algae growth negatively affecting the aquatic environment.
  • Take household hazardous waste such as motor oil, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, paint and chemicals to an Enviroservice event. Toxic substances that are not treated end up in the environment.
  • Use your organics cart for vegetables peelings and food instead of a garburator. Ground organic materials cost more to treat and must be disposed of at the wastewater treatment plant.

Talk with members of your household to make sure they know what can be safely flushed.

Last updated: Friday, October 10, 2014
Page ID: 39471