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Sewer System Notice

June 4th, 2024

Important information about the sewer system of District of Carleton North

Items that should not be flushed:

Residents of the District of Carleton North are reminded to be cautious about what is being flushed down toilets and poured down drains. Improper disposal of certain items can cause significant problems in the sewer system. These items include:

  • Feminine Hygiene Products: These do not dissolve in water and can create blockages.
  • Diapers: These expand in water and cause major blockages.
  • Condoms: Non-Biodegradable and can clog pipes.
  • Clothing: Even small pieces of fabric can cause sewer clogs.
  • Sanitary Wipes: Often labeled as “flushable”, but they do not break down in the sewer system.
  • Hair: Binds with grease and other substances, forming tough clogs.
  • Animals: Dead animals can cause major blockages and should never be flushed.
  • Paper Towels: These do not disintegrate like toilet paper and will cause clogs.
  • Medications: Can lead to contamination of the water supply.
  • Grease: Solidifies pipes, leading to sewer blockages.

Consequences of Improper Disposal:

Improperly flushed or drained items can cause extensive damage to the sewer system including:

  1. Damage to Sewer Pipes and Lift Stations: Items that should not be flushed cause blockages and damage the infrastructure (pump, piping, valves, etc.)
  2. Increased Manpower and Maintenance Costs: Clearing blockages and repairing damage requires significant labor and resources.
  3. Forced Replacement of Equipment: Pumps, piping, valves, motors, and other components may need to be replaced prematurely, well before the end of their natural lifespan.

Proper Disposal Tips:

Feminine Hygiene Products, Condoms, and Sanitary Wipes should be disposed of in the trash.

Diapers should be securely wrapped and disposed of in the trash.

Clothing and Rags should be recycled or thrown away in the garbage.

Hair can be collected and disposed of in the trash.

Medications should be returned to a pharmacy or disposed of in the garbage once it solidifies.

By following these guidelines, residents can help reduce the strain on the sewer system, prevent unnecessary damage and maintenance costs, and avoid potential rate increases. Your cooperation in proper disposal practices is crucial in maintaining the functionality and longevity of our community’s sewer infrastructure. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.