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WHAT YOU

flush M A T T E R S

As part-owner of
that shared system,
it is in your best
interest to keep the
system operating
properly, and the
best way to do
that is to utilize
it properly.

Y

our property management
company and/or homeowner
association board has created
a budget to deal with annual
maintenance that is meant to keep your
system ready to receive, convey, treat,
and discharge your sanitary waste.
There is nothing more expensive to a
community than an emergency service
to your system, and that service may be
just the beginning. A backup of sewage
into a household (possibly yours or your
neighbor's) can result in thousands of
dollars of cleaning and reconstruction
work that may or may not be covered
under insurance.
"FLUSHABLE" IS LIMITED
TO YOUR TOILET
In other words, if an item in your house
has the term "flushable" on it, that
means it will not clog your toilet. Perhaps you had recently read, or were otherwise informed of, the 15-ton "fatberg"
that wreaked havoc in the London sewer
system in 2013. This fatberg was a culmination of grease and flushable products

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that cost nearly $5 million to clear, and
that was on top of approximately $1.5
million per year in maintenance to other
lines to keep them clear prior to finding
the fatberg.
An easy way to keep this situation
from happening in your community is
to develop a catchy slogan, and make it
stick. London's slogan was "bin it--don't
block it."
Grease, on its own, also poses its own
challenges, so it clearly should not be
flushed or washed down the sink. Rather,
cool it until it congeals, and then throw
it in the garbage. Should these flushables
make their way through your sewer lines
and junctions, they will eventually find
their way to the treatment system or, at
minimum, a lift station that your community may own.
Lift or pump stations are designed to
bring your waste to a higher elevation
and/or to the treatment system. The lift
or pump stations have either solids passing directly through, or grinder pumps
to assist the passing of most items that
are flushed down the toilet. These pumps



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