DON’T RUSH TO FLUSH
Next time you go to flush your toilet, wait and think. What goes down the drain has an impact on the sewer system and our local environment. Here are three simple things the Truckee Sanitary District (TSD) wants everyone to be aware of before they flush:
1. “Flushable” wipes clog pipes. The manufacturers of these convenience products want you to believe these wipes will decompose in the sewer. Unfortunately, they don’t. Flushable wipes clog pipes, pumps and cause sewer spills and backups into homes. If it’s not toilet paper, then throw it in the trash, not the toilet.
2. Keep your sewer FOG free. FOG or Fats, Oils, and Grease are often disposed of down the sink. Unfortunately, these products quickly harden and stick to the inside of the sewer system restricting flow. Never pour bacon grease or other fats and oils down the drain. Let them harden in the pan and scrape them into the garbage or pour them into a safe container and dispose of them in the garbage.
3. Prescription Drugs and Over-The-Counter Medications. These products contain chemicals that you don’t want entering the water supply. Even though our sewage is highly treated, many of these chemicals are not removed. The best way to dispose of drugs and medicine is to make them undesirable, such as crushing them and then mixing with coffee grounds or dirt before sealing them in a plastic bag and disposing in the trash. Another option is to take advantage of community drug take-back programs.
Every home in Tahoe Donner is connected to the public sewer system. Proper use of the sewer system keeps it operating smoothly, saves money, and protects the environment. For more information about the sewer system, go to TSD’s website at www.truckeesan.org.