We’re thanking our customers for not flushing wipes. Your efforts have had a positive impact on the operation of Kingston’s wastewater treatment system.
Operators have noticed a reduction in wipes clogging pumping equipment, especially in the areas of Younge Street and Westbrook. Over the last several months, Utilities Kingston appealed to the public for its assistance in reducing the instances of wipes and other foreign objects clogging wastewater treatment equipment. Customers learned that wipes should never be flushed, even if the package says otherwise.
Efforts by the community have helped ensure the health and safety of wastewater treatment operators, reduced maintenance on pumps, and helped prevent sewage back-ups in homes. But we still have more work to do. Some of the problem-causing items that operators still find clogging pumps and pipes include fats, oils, and greases, feminine hygiene products, and dental floss, needles, and hair.
Items that should not be poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet include:
- Wipes of any kind (used for babies, hands, cleaning, etc.). These belong in the garbage.
- Feminine hygiene products. These products, their applicators and packaging should never be flushed and belong in the garbage.
- Fats, oils, and greases (“FOGs”). These will clog up your plumbing and the City’s sewage system. Wipe greasy pans with a paper towel and put it in the Green Bin. Dispose of solidified fats and grease in a carton (plastic spout removed) in your Green Bin. Dispose of cooking oil in a screw-top container in your garbage.
- Food particles. Use a strainer in your sink to catch food scraps and other solids. These go in your Green Bin.
- Dental floss, needles or hair (the latter can be placed in the Green Bin).
Get further information on what can on can’t be flushed. And thanks again for not flushing wipes.
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