Res­i­dents urged to think be­fore they flush

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Re­gional Coun­cil is re­mind­ing res­i­dents that ev­ery­thing that goes down the kitchen, laun­dry and bath­room sink or that's flushed down the toi­let, ends up in the sew­er­age sys­tem.

Mayor Jennifer Whit­ney said putting the wrong things down the sewer af­fected coun­cil’s abil­ity to treat and re­use the wa­ter and could cause dam­age to the sys­tem or block­ages.

“Coun­cil has to pay to re­move these items from the sew­er­age sys­tem and this is an added cost which is ul­ti­mately re­flected in your rates,” she said.

Lo­cal res­i­dents are re­minded that plas­tics, mo­tor oils, paints, pes­ti­cides, non-biodegrad­able prod­ucts, fats, oils, colonos­tomy bags, clean­ing wipes, food scraps, cot­ton buds, nap­pies, con­doms, san­i­tary prod­ucts, wrap­pers, medicines, in­con­ti­nence pads and sy­ringes, are not suit­able for flush­ing down the toi­let.

House­hold chemical prod­ucts can be taken to a waste trans­fer sta­tion drop-off point, where they will be col­lected and dis­posed of safely.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to re­port the dis­charge of il­le­gal sub­stances, call Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil on 4945 0200.

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