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REMINDER to keep wastewater flowing safely during COVID-19 pandemic

One Water partnership reminds Southeast Michigan residents to properly use sewer and septic systems

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) has teamed with the Alliance of Rouge Communities (ARC), the Freshwater Forum at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) to provide a One Water message to share with all of us in southeast Michigan.  Misuse of wastewater systems associated with COVID-19 has caused issues not only here, but across the country.
"Flushable wipes," household disinfecting wipes, latex gloves, and other products all create blockages in interior plumbing as well as the municipal sewer system, and should NEVER be flushed down the toilet.  ONLY toilet paper and human waste should be flushed.

Please click here to view the video reminding us all on how to keep wastewater flowing safely during COVID-19.

The One Water partnership also offers these reminder to prevent backups and promote stewardship of our water resources systems:
  • Fats, oils, and greases (FOG) used when cooking can make food tasty, but they gum up our wastewater systems.
  • Pour FOG into covered containers and cans, and dispose of them in the trash when full.  Wipe pots and pans with a paper towel to remove any residual FOG.  Scrape food and scraps into the trash when possible.
  • Avoid flushing medications down the toilet or drain when another safe option is available.
  • Dispose of feminine products, tissues, paper towels, "flushable" wipes, and other trash in the garbage.
  • Only flush the "Three Ps" down the toilet:  pee, poop, and paper.




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