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Parks, Recreation & Culture » Sustainable Kamloops » Environmental Sustainability » Water

Waste Water

Waste water or sewage is water that we have used and is now being discarded down any drain within our homes, such as dishwashers, washing machines, sinks, showers, toilets and related facilities. This discarded waste water goes down our drains and travels through pipes to the Kamloops Waste Water Treatment Facility.

Sewage Treatment Diagram
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At the Waste Water Treatment Facility, a complex process to clean the water takes place. The final result will be the releasing of the treated water into the Thompson River or used for our reclaimed irrigation water system at the City's Cinnamon Ridge facility. Treating the water before it goes back into the river is very important. The process makes sure our rivers are not polluted with unwanted bacteria and nutrients that could affect the health of the river, aquatic life and our neighbors downstream.

A significant amount of energy is required to pump and process this water. To help the treatment process and to protect our natural resource never use your toilet as a garbage can. Even small items like dental floss can break pumps at our lift stations that help take waste water to the treatment facility.

Below are more items that should never be flushed down toilets or poured down a drain:

Personal Hygiene Products

  • Dental floss
  • Personal care wipes/ baby wipes (even if they say "flushable" they can still cause problems)
  • Diapers
  • Condoms
  • Cosmetics
  • Cotton swabs
  • Facial tissue (Kleenex)
  • Tampons and applicators
  • Sanitary pads

Traces of pharmaceuticals are being detected in the environment and in our water sources, this is being done by consumers throwing medications and other personal care product in the garbage or flushing them down the toilet or pouring down the sink.

Most pharmacies will take back unused portions of medications. To find the location nearest you visit:

Household Hazardous Waste
Many items we use for cleaning, home maintenance, gardening and automobile care can be dangerous if poured down our drains. Visit to find the closest collection site.

  • Anti-freeze
  • Bleach
  • Brake fluid
  • Pesticides, insecticides
  • Motor oil
  • Paint
  • Solvents

Fats, Oils and Grease
Fats, oils and grease are washed down the drain when warmed up and enter our pipes. They harden as they cool and stick to the inside of pipes. They then build up over time and can clog the pipes, causing sewage problems.

Pour excess fats, oils and grease into a tin can and dispose of in the garbage.

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