Sturgeon County - Protect Your Pipes

Protect Your PipesProtect Your Pipes

Flush these items:

  • human waste (urine, feces, vomit)
  • toilet paper

NEVER flush these items:

  • diapers
  • rags
  • wipes of any kind (even the ones that say "flushable")
  • dental floss or feminine products (including tampons)
  • hair
  • condoms
  • cat litter

Do you have leftover medicine?

Take leftover medications to a pharmacy for safe disposal.

Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG)

Pouring fats, oils or grease down the drain also contribute to clogging the sewer system. They tend to solidify on both the private property wastewater lines and the main sewer lines. Residents can help prevent clogs from forming by:

  • Cooking with vegetable/canola oils (FOGs normally develop from animal fats)
  • Collect FOGs from cooking in old containers, let it solidify and cover with plastic wrap before placing it in the garbage.
  • DO NOT pour FOGS down the drain
  • Place all food scraps into the garbage and not into the sink
  • Skim off the solidified fats from cooled liquids
  • Use a scraper to remove FOGs from cookware, utensils, dishes
  • Use paper towels to wipe down work areas as cloth towels collect grease that will eventually enter the sewer system from rinsing and washing

Common FOGS are: Food scraps, meat fats, lard, cooking oil, butter and margarine, sauces and dressings.

Using a garburator?

Although it seems like there’s nothing a garburator can’t do, not everything should be put down the disposal. It is only meant to help dispose of certain biodegradable food. If used improperly it can be the cause of clogged pipes.

What not to put through the garburator:

  • Rice & Pasta: These foods cannot be broken down small enough and they expand while in contact with water
  • Grease: Even if the grease is solidified, grinding it into small pieces does not prevent the grease from collecting in pipes
  • Stringy & Tough-peeled Vegetables: Corn husks, celery stalks, onion skins, lettuce, potatoes, carrots, artichokes etc.
  • Fibres from these foods can tangle and block drains
  • Coffee Grinds/Egg Shells: These both accumulate in pipes and can cause obstructions
  • Large Amounts of Food: Feed scraps a little at a time with the cold water running. This helps move the food through the pipes