POLLUTION PREVENTION

Help us protect the environment and keep our rivers clean. Please keep pharmaceuticals and other pollutants out of our wastewater system. Please see these helpful tips and tools for more information about how you can help us.

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Prescription Disposal
Prescription
Keep our ground water clean by safely disposing of prescription medications and personal care products.
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Freeze the Grease
Freeze the Grease
Cooking oil, grease and fats poured down drains can build up in pipes and cause backups in your home or business. Sign up for a free Freeze the Grease kit today.
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What Not to Flush
What Not To Flush
Wipes, diapers and many other household items should never be flushed down the toilet. Please flush only toilet tissue.
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rag ball

Pretreatment Coordinator dissecting a “rag ball” removed from a pump station

Did You Know?

Ever wonder what people flush? As wastewater enters the treatment plant, it passes through screens to remove non-biodegradable material, including garbage. Each year, almost 200 TONS of material is removed at the plant and taken to the landfill. This is in addition to all of the garbage and debris that is removed from the collection system before it reaches the plant. This includes such common household items like wipes, paper towels, dental floss, diapers, candy wrappers, latex products, toys and other trash. It is critical that this material is removed from the system because it can damage the equipment and it can cause blockages in the system. Not only is it harmful to the system, it is also expensive. It is by far cheaper, safer and better for the environment to dispose of this material directly into the trash can.

More information on what not to flush