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flush150Cotton swabs. Facial tissue. Paper towel. Kitty litter. Diapers. Wet wipes — even the ones labelled “flushable.” Personal hygiene products. Dental floss.

These are just some of the culprits that can clog the system of underground sewer lines that transports sewage from household and business plumbing to municipal lift stations.

Blocked pipes in your home can result in sewer backups, flooded basements and costly plumber visits. If the sanitary sewer system comes to a grinding halt, it can cost municipalities much in time and repairs. Each year, Canadian municipalities spend more than $250 million removing garbage from our sewer systems, according to the Municipal Enforcement Sewer Use Group (MESUG). It can all add up to higher utility bills.

Only three things should ever be flushed down the toilet:

1) No. 1

2) No. 2

3) Toilet paper

We all have a responsibility to help preserve the integrity of the wastewater infrastructure in our hamlets. Your co-operation is appreciated.

Please don’t flush your trash!