As we move into a new water year – it began Oct. 1 – the time seems right to remind everyone once again to be careful about what they’re putting down the drain. At Granger-Hunter Improvement District, we see the consequences firsthand, not only in what keeps our wastewater treatment system from doing its job but in what makes its way to our water sources.
F.O.G. is a good place to start; no fat, oils, or grease. And we can add to that list no egg shells, cat litter, paper towels, cigarette butts, prescription drugs, dental floss, pesticides… you get the idea.
Then it occurred to us that, maybe, the best way to avoid flooding our waterways with pollutants is by knowing what environment-friendly products to bring home in the first place.
So here, for a change, is what you CAN safely pour down a drain, preferably around the time you’ve been washing clothes or running the dishwasher, when there’s plenty of water in the pipes to dilute the waste.
According to the American Water Works Association, put these cleaners on your shopping list:
• When it comes to cleaners, choose aluminum and ammonia-based cleaners, and the sort that you’d typically use around kitchen and bathroom fixtures. This includes drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, and scrubs for your tubs and tiles.
• Other approved toiletries are hair relaxers, permanent lotions, depilatories, and alcohol-based lotions, again, substances you typically will rinse off in the sink or tub.
• Moving outdoors, look for water-based glues, paintbrush cleaners with trisodium phosphate, and lye-based paint strippers. After flushing the substance away, thoroughly rinse their containers before properly disposing of them.
• Keep in mind, too, that if you have a choice, don’t put anything down the sink or toilet. There are safer alternatives; click here to learn more.