Household Ways to Protect Water
Every household can play a part in protecting the environment and keeping sewers and septic systems unclogged. You can help by following these eight easy tips!
Return unused medications or pharmaceuticals to your local pharmacy. These should not be dumped down your sink or flushed down your toilet.
Do not flush items that are “biodegradable,” these products don’t degrade fast enough to be flushed. They should be disposed of in the garbage.
When FOG (fats, oils, greases) cool down, they can stick to the inside of your pipes and block the drains. Avoid expensive repairs by pouring FOG into a separate container and disposing of it in your garbage. Before soaking a greasy pan, wipe the grease off with disposable paper towel, then place in your green bin.
Use eco-friendly household cleaning products. Any leftover, or old chemicals, may be returned to your local Solid Waste Management Centre where they accept Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) free of charge throughout the year. Do not pour leftover chemicals down your sink or into your toilet.
Have baskets or strainers in your sinks to collect food wastes.
Paints, cleaners, stains/varnished, car batteries, motor oil, pesticides/herbicides, can all be taken to your local HHW Depot. Leftover paints should be returned to your local recycling depot, or to your local WMC. Do not dispose of these down sinks, toilets, or storm drains.
Consider washing your car in a carwash, as opposed to your driveway. Chemicals used for cleaning may travel in the form of runoff from your driveway, to storm sewers, resulting in a contamination of lakes, streams, or rivers. Canadian federal laws require commercial car wash facilities to drain their wastewater into sewer systems, therefore it is treated before being discharged back out. Many also recycle and re-use the rinse water.
Feminine hygiene products can be a major culprit in pipe blockage. These products should be disposed of in your garbage, and not down your toilet.