You Can't Flush That!
Despite education, public still unsure about proper disposal of household items
|OCWA's Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Nick Reid, is interviewed on Canada AM discussing the London "Fatberg" and what not to flush down our toilets and sinks|In mid-July, a London, U.K. borough narrowly avoided disaster. After complaints of toilets not flushing, engineers performed a sewer assessment and discovered a 15-tonne "Fatberg." This mass of congealed fat and wet wipes - the size of a bus - was blocking 95% of a 2.4-diameter brick sewer pipe and took workers three weeks to clear.
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"It's very important not to use your toilet as a garbage disposal, not to use your sink as a way to dispose of cooking oil or baking grease" says Nick Reid, OCWA's Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, who was recently interviewed on Canada AM to discuss how a "Fatberg" is created and proper disposal methods. "There's a place to put them, but it's not down your sink."
Had the "Fatberg" not been detected in time, the risk of raw sewage flooding the streets of London would have been real - potentially causing an environmental and public health disaster.
OCWA's Workshop Series: Disaster Planning and Prevention
"Fatbergs", severe weather events, system failures - these are all serious causes of concern for water utilities. Let OCWA walk you through various potential disasters and discuss ways of mitigating risk during our free September workshop series: Disaster Planning and Prevention. Locations and registration information to be posted shortly at www.ocwa.com/en/news.
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