Wastewater, or sewage, is water that we have used and 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 Sewage Treatment Centre.
Below are more 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.