Please Don’t Flush Anything But Real Toilet Paper Down Your Toilets
A Message to Residents from the City of St. Catharines, with a Brief Foreword from Doug Draper
Posted April 28th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
A Foreword by Doug Draper, Niagara At Large –
I can’t believe I am now writing about this, but in these post-apocalyptic times, here we go.
Have you ever had sewage or rancid municipal wastewater back into the basement of your home or the apartment building where you live?
I can tell you from firsthand experience that, to say the least, it isn’t pleasant. It is also destructive to property, including peoples’ prize possessions, and it creates a health hazard for those who have to clean the mess up.
So please – whether you live in St. Catharines or Thorold or Niagara Falls or some other town or city in Niagara, Ontario, or in one of our neighbouring communities across the Niagara River – please heed the message below from the City of St. Catharines and not flush anything but toilet paper down your toilets.
If you don’t have toilet paper, do what the message discreetly says and take whatever other paper you are using and dispose of it a dog waste bag or something equivalent to one.
You really don’t want municipal wastewater contaminated with dangerous fecal material backing up into your home or the home of your fellow citizens, and I wish the message below had made that point a little more strongly.
Now here is the Message from the City of St. Catharines that EVERYONE in Niagara should take to heart –
Residents asked to help keep sewers clog free during isolation efforts
March 27, 2020 — With residents across St. Catharines stepping up to do their part in fighting the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, the City is reminding everyone to only flush human waste and toilet paper.
As a result of the influx of individuals staying home the City’s Municipal Works department has already begun to see a spike of non-flushable items, like disinfecting wipes, making their way into the sewer system. This trend could cause blockages and other service disruptions at a time when the system is critically important.
“We are so happy to see everyone doing their part to halt the spread of COVID-19, we just want to remind them that it is really important to only flush toilet paper and human waste down the toilet,” said Acting Manager of Operations Mark Peat.“
“Even so-called flushable wipes should not be sent down the toilet, there is limited oversight on that branding as flushable, and none of them break down properly, causing a host of potential problems not only for home plumbing but the City sewer system. Now is not the time anyone wants to be stuck at home without a working toilet.”
Materials and items including baby wipes, paper towel, tissue, floss, diapers, condoms, feminine hygiene products, kitty litter and kitchen waste such as grease stick to the walls of pipes, eventually forming blockages in household plumbing and the sewer system. Only toilet paper is designed to break apart readily to ensure plumbing stays clear.
For items that may be soiled, such as baby wipes or other products used in place of toilet paper, residents can use dog-waste bags for disposal to reduce the smell.
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