Monday, February 01, 2010

Stop flushing and start trashing!

Reprinted from King County (Washington) News Blog
January 19, 2010 ·

Fat, oils and grease that had been dumped down drains collects on this sewer pipe.
Too much fatty food is bad for you, but it’s also really bad for sewer lines, as this excellent article in this morning’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer points out.

Greasy pipes are just one of the problems that King County sewer workers have to deal with. Each year, these folks also remove about 1,000 tons of trash from the treatment process. Once collected, this nasty garbage has to be hauled off to the landfill, costing ratepayers an extra $100,000 a year.

All of this material had to be removed from the wastewater system and sent to the landfill – at a cost of $100,000 per year!
Flushing the wrong things down your toilet can damage pumps, clog pipes and lead to raw sewage overflows that could harm the environment or make people sick. Yuck!
There are only two things that should go down your toilet – body waste and TP. That’s it!

Even if a product label says “flushable,” understand that cleaning wipes, tampons, cotton pads and other products just don’t break down like toilet paper.

So stop flushing and start trashing!

No comments: