News & Public Notices
Wipes clog pipes. Behind-the-scenes of a sanitary sewer system clog
October 23, 2017
Where: Portsmouth Sewage Pumping Station, 621 King Street West
When: Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m.
Who: Jim Keech, president and CEO, Kevin Riley, director of water and wastewater operations, and Utilities Kingston wastewater system operators
What: Wipes clog pipes. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the problems caused when people flush wipes and other trash. Wastewater system operators will rake a sewer system clog at a pumping station.
Utilities Kingston is reminding residents to never flush wipes or feminine hygiene products – even if a package claims they're flushable. Only ever flush the three P's – pee, poo, and (toilet) paper.
Other items do not break down in plumbing and treatment systems. Flushing them causes sewage back-ups in homes and costly break-downs of wastewater treatment equipment, which in turn can contaminate local waterways and pose a health and safety risk.
Utilities Kingston's know-what- to-flush campaign asks customers to avoid flushing wipes, feminine hygiene products, fats, oils, greases, dental floss, needles, hair and other trash.
Here's how to properly dispose of the top offenders:
- Wipes of any kind – Cleaning, baby and hand wipes go in the garbage, even if the package claims they are flushable. It's a toilet, not a trash can!
- Feminine hygiene products – These go in the garbage, along with associated applicators and packaging, even if the package claims they are flushable.
- Fats, oils and greases ("FOGs") – Wipe greasy pans with a paper towel and put it in the Green Bin. Dispose of solidified fats and grease in a carton (plastic spout removed) in your Green Bin. Dispose of cooking oil in a screw-top container in your garbage.
- Larger food particles – Use a strainer in your sink to catch food scraps and other solids. These go in your Green Bin.
Learn more about protecting your home and health by knowing what not to flush. Visit www.utilitieskingston.com/KnowWhatToFlush
Media contact: For more information contact 613-546-4291, extension 3116
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