The Civic Works crews have been burning the midnight oil this week to keep up with influx of spring run-off and recent heavy rainfall and the stress it puts on our water and sewer systems. Our sewer plant has been especially challenged three times this week alone by large non-flushable items, notably adult diapers, that have clogged the system and resulted in equipment breakdowns.

Residents are reminded that items like diapers, both infant and adult, are NEVER to be flushed down toilets.  Combined with grease and oil, which also should not be put down the drain, they create “fatbergs” which are a significant challenge to operators in cities, towns and villages around the world.  They clog up the pipes and our Waste Treatment Plant cannot cope with them, resulting in breakdowns.  Other non-flushable items that clog the system include (but are not limited to): baby wipes, sanitary products and paper towels.  All these non-flushable items must be disposed of in the garbage.

For more information about “fatbergs” and their impact visit CBC’s website and view this timely story “Only You Can Prevent Gross Smelly Fatbergs From Clogging Up City Sewers Says Inspector” or Google “Fatberg”.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-may-1-2018-1.4642084/only-you-can-prevent-gross-smelly-fatbergs-from-clogging-up-city-sewers-says-inspector-1.4642816

Thank you all for your assistance in helping to keep our system clog-free. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.