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Beware The Clog!

Admit it. We’ve all done it. We flush Q-tips, Band-aids, baby wipes, hair – you name it – down the toilet. Guilty as charged.

Thing is, our sewer system is not meant to be our garbage disposal. Not all things are meant to go down the drain. Sewers are built to handle only the Three P’s – Pee, Poo, and Toilet Paper; everything else is garbage.

In our increasingly “disposable” world, many people have been flushing products like baby wipes, shop wipes, feminine hygiene products, and dental floss down toilets.  These products oftentimes create massive clogs obstructing municipal sewer system flow and damaging pumping systems. Flushing anything other than the Three P’s can cause costly sewer backups. 

To help prevent sewer clogs from happening, The City of St. Albert Wastewater Services has partnered with the Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission (ACRWC) in a campaign to help educate residents on the Do’s and Don’ts of what goes down the drain.

Our sewer systems are directly affected by what we flush down the drain.  The clogs that occur because of the items stuck in the sewers are difficult and dangerous to clean up. The Clog Campaign hopes to educate residents about how to protect our sewers, rivers, and environment by mapping out in a fun way what should and should not be flushed down the pipes.

Some bad for the pipes items! – baby wipes, makeup wipes, feminine hygiene products, condoms, paper towels, cigarette butts, Q-tips, hair, Kleenex, cotton balls, dental floss, and cat litter.

What you flush may come back to haunt you!

For more information go to Beware The Clog!

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Last edited: November 21, 2017

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