What can go down the drain?

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WHAT’S IN A FLUSH?

Using your toilet as a trash can not only increases the likelihood for system issues with costly and embarrassing plumber visits, but also increases your monthly water usage.  Each flush uses roughly 5 gallons of water, so the cost and environmental impact to flush a tissue or something else that can be thrown away adds up quickly.

Remember, anything that goes down the drain will have an impact once it moves beyond your pipes.  Besides things that can clog either your septic or the City sewer system, chemicals, medicines, fertilizers and other hazardous materials can disrupt the wastewater treatment process or make their way back into the environment.

The best rule of thumb for toilets is to always stick to the three P’s: Pee, Poop and Paper (Toilet). 

                        Here is a quick reference for things that should never be flushed: 

FEMININE PRODUCTS                                 WIPES                                        DIAPERS / CLOTH OF ANY KIND

FATS, OILS & GREASES                                  CONDOMS                            HAIR / DENTAL FLOSS

MEDICATIONS                                                   KITTY LITTER                       LARGE CHUNKS OF WASTE / FOOD

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS                         PLASTICS / TOYS                CIGARETTE BUTTS

Q-TIPS / COTTON PADS                               GUM                                           FERTILIZER / PESTICIDES

    Toilets are not trash cans     

 

 

THINK BEFORE YOU SINK!

It’s often tempting to just run the water and put it down the drain when you’re working in the kitchen, but there are some things that you should never send down the drain (even with a garbage disposal).

                       Here are some things that should never be put down the sink:

FATS, OILS & GREASES           EGG SHELLS             COFFEE GROUNDS                     PRODUCE STICKERS

MEDICATIONS                             PAINT                           HAIR / DENTAL FLOSS               FERTILIZER / PESTICIDES

CAR FLUIDS                                   FOOD / GUM           CITRUS PEELS                                 FLOUR / PASTA / POTATOES  

 

 

When the wrong things go down the toilet or drain, they end up stopping up the sewer system, damaging equipment and reducing the  efficiency of the wastewater collection system.  Here are just a few examples of what can happen:

Non-Flushable Damage Images

Fats, oils and greases coagulate into hard masses and mix with wipes, hair, plastics and other debris to clog pumps. When this happens, lift stations cannot move flows along toward the wastewater plant and pumps can burn out. This causes the system to malfunction with costly repairs to lift station equipment.

 

For more information on flushables vs. non-flushables and their impact on wastewater systems, please contact our Field Office at 941-240-8000.  We are happy to provide information to our customers on an individual basis, or in a group setting.  If your community or civic group would like a presentation, just let us know.