When you have to clean up after a meal or a project, your initial inclination may be to pour any remaining liquids down the drain. But pouring specific substances down your drain can seriously harm both the environment and your plumbing system. Toxic substances, in general, can cause damage to your pipes and the efficacy of your wastewater treatment, resulting in costly repairs for you and innumerable concerns for the Forest water treatment plant.
How does wastewater treatment function, and what can be done to prevent the addition of harsh substances to the wastewater in your community? Let’s examine these questions and list the top 5 items that should never be drained.
Why Care About Wastewater?
Used and infected water is understood to be wastewater. This includes the water from the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, washing machine, and even your shower. The method of cleaning this water so that it can be recycled or released back into the environment is known as wastewater treatment.
Wastewater treatment is vital because it restores our drinking water, preserves the sanitation of our lakes and rivers, and protects the environment from toxic pollutants. Pouring dangerous substances down the drain directly contributes to pollution and the depletion of our water supply.
5 Things You Should Never Pour Down the Drain
The following are the top 5 items you should never pour down a drain:
- Grease and cooking oil. Cooking oil and grease can solidify in your pipes and cause clogs that prevent water from flowing. They can also gather in your pipes, resulting in leaks and a grumpy Forest property manager. Grease and cooking oil should be poured into a heat-resistant container and thrown in the trash.
- Paint. Hazardous chemicals in paint have been shown to contaminate water and the environment. Additionally, it can clog pipes, resulting in expensive servicing. You can find out how to properly dispose of leftover paint by contacting your neighborhood waste management office.
- Household cleaners. The harsh chemicals in household cleaners can harm the environment and your plumbing system. Any liquid that is left over after using a household cleaner should be poured into a container and thrown in the trash.
- Medication. Medication can harm aquatic life and pollute the water. In addition, if it is not properly disposed of, it may end up in our drinking water. The best way to dispose of medication is to bring it to a nearby pharmacy.
- Car fluids. Fluids from automobiles may contain toxins that pollute water and the environment. Furthermore, if they leak into the engine or other components of your car, they could cause harm. The best place to dispose of auto fluids is at a nearby garage or an auto parts retailer.
Using these easy instructions will aid in the preservation of your plumbing system and the environment. Remember that when in doubt, always discard!
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