The Village is asking homeowners to work with us in avoiding unnecessary repairs to home and Village sewer (wastewater) systems by flushing only toilet paper and human waste down toilets. This will allow our limited crews to focus on the delivery of essential services and maintain social distancing guidelines.
Some of the products residents have been using to disinfect their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic can be harmful to the environment and the Cumberland wastewater treatment and disposal system. This includes things like disinfecting wipes, paper towels, facial tissues, diapers, cotton balls, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, syringes and even hair.
Many of these items become stringy and bind together to block pipes. The wipes will twist up in the system and actually become stronger as they become more like rope. They will also get wrapped up with dental floss, hair, and grease which works like a glue or bonding agent. These accumulations of rags and other products that don’t dissolve will wrap around pump impellers and clog the pumps. In many cases an operator will have to remove the rag balls by hand, there may also be syringes caught in the rags which are a serious health risk to operators.
What Can You Do?
- Only flush human waste and toilet paper. Disposable wipes, even those marked “flushable”, don’t easily break down and may cause clogs.
- Don’t pour grease from cooking down the drain. Wipe small amounts with a paper towel and put it in your municipal food scraps collection bin. Take larger amounts to a recycling depot.
- Put food scraps in your municipal food scraps collection bin or backyard composter, not down the drain or toilet.
- Don’t let anything (soap, paint, pesticides) go down the storm drains in roads or driveways. These drains go directly to the nearest waterway.
- Protect our waterways and return medications to the pharmacy.