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St. Albert launches wastewater Management Education program

What you flush may come back too haunt you!

The City of St. Albert 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.

In our increasingly “disposable” world, many residents throughout the Capital Region have been flushing products like baby wipes, shop wipes, feminine hygiene products, Band-aids, and dental floss to name a few down toilets.  These products oftentimes create massive clogs obstructing municipal sewer system flow and damage pumping systems.

Lead by the Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission (ACRWC), along with the 13 Member municipalities including the City of St. Albert, the ACRWC have come up with the campaign titled “The Clog” to assist municipalities in educating and engaging residents on proper wastewater management.  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, and pose a significant capital cost.  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.

  • Be wary of products claiming to be flushable; 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.
  • Flushing anything other than the Three P’s can cause costly sewer backups for residents and municipalities.
  • 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.
  • Canadians spend approximately $250 million annually for clog cleanups. Most of this cost is ultimately passed onto residents, either through direct repairs costs or increases in taxes or utility bills.

Save yourself – Beware The Clog!


The Clog Campaign

The Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission

World Toilet Day

Last edited: November 14, 2017

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