Flush and drain smarter: prevent clogs in Leduc’s sewer system

Monday, August 13, 2018

Each time a toilet is flushed, a sink is emptied and a bathtub or shower is drained, wastewater travels through Leduc’s sewer system and into the regional wastewater network for treatment. Not all materials can be flushed or drained safely, and when the wrong materials accumulate in the system it can cause damage to the neighborhood, city and regional wastewater systems.

Sewers are built to handle only the Three P’s – Pee, Poo and Toilet Paper. Everything else must be disposed of through the curbside cart collection and recycling program. Keeping the wrong materials from entering the wastewater system allows it to work efficiently and prevent costly repairs.

Residents can avoid sewer backups by disposing of household materials properly and following these tips:

  • Flush only the Three P’s – Pee, Poo and Toilet Paper
  • Sort everything except the Three P’s according to Leduc’s Sort Smarter guidelines
  • Keep FOG (fats, oil and grease) out of the drain

Residents can expect to find sorting tips on Flush Smarter doorhangers that will be delivered to households the week of Aug. 13. More information on the city’s wastewater system can be found at Leduc.ca/Flush-Smarter.

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Leduc is a growing, dynamic city in the heart of Canada’s economic engine and conveniently located at the crossroads of air, highway and rail transportation. The City of Leduc is a centre of innovation, entrepreneurship and quality of life. As a regional leader, the city, together with other municipalities in the area, plays a key role in protecting the integrity of the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and leading economic development in the region, including Aerotropolis. For information on non-emergency city services and programs, visit www.leduc.ca or follow us on Twitter @cityofleduc

Lauren Wozny, Communications Officer