The Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre receives and processes millions of litres of waste water each day. Wastewater, or sewage, is water that has been used and discarded down any drain within our homes, such as dishwashers, washing machines, sinks, showers and toilets. This discarded waste water goes down our drains and travels through pipes to the Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre.
Through an extensive treatment process, materials are separated from the wastewater and, ultimately, liquid and solid end products are produced. These end products are biosolids and treated water, both of which have beneficial re-uses. For a more detailed explanation of the process, view our wastewater treatment video.
Below are items that should never be flushed down toilets or poured down a drain:
Do not flush:
- Dental floss
- Personal care wipes/ baby wipes (even if they say "flushable" they can still cause problems)
- Cotton swabs
- Facial tissue (Kleenex)
- Tampons and applicators
- Sanitary pads
Traces of pharmaceuticals are being detected in the environment and in our water sources due to consumers throwing medications and other personal care products in the garbage, 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: www.healthsteward.ca
Many items we use for cleaning, home maintenance, gardening and automobile care can be dangerous if poured down our drains. Visit www.regeneration.ca to find the closest collection site.
Do not flush:
- Brake fluid
- Pesticides, insecticides
- Motor oil
Fats, oils, and grease that are washed down the drain eventually cool, causing them harden and stick to the inside of pipes. This buildup over time can clog the pipes and cause sewage problems.
Pour excess fats, oils, and grease into a tin can and dispose of in the garbage.