Be smart and selective when flushing things down the drain.
Large, oily or absorbent items can get stuck in the pipe and increase the risk of sewer backups. They can also increase the frequency of repairs and related sewer fees.
Do not flush the following items:
- Feminine hygiene products
- Paper towels
- 'Flushable' wipes (i.e. baby wipes)
Medical waste, including needles (wrapped), 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.
Protect the environment with these tips:
- 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. Do this instead of flushing them down the toilet. Pharmaceuticals are not treated and end up in the environment.
- Use phosphate-free cleaning materials. This reduces phosphorous levels in the river and subsequent algae growth that negatively affects the aquatic environment.
- Take household hazardous waste to the Broadview Enviroservice Station. This includes motor oil, pesticides, herbicides, solvents, paint and chemicals.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.
Did you know?
- The Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission 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.
- From Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2016 the average sewer back up cost to Albertan homeowners was $21,852.147 per household. Thank you to Millennium Insurance Corporation based out of Sherwood Park for compiling this information.
Talk with members of your household to make sure they know what can be safely flushed. Learn more at theclog.ca.
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