Homeowner Reminders to Help Save Your Sewer
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Homeowner Reminders to Help Save Your Sewer

As many City of Windsor residents are spending more time at home these days, the Public Works Department wants to share some reminders about how to help protect your home’s plumbing and your sewer connections, more specifically, what you should avoid flushing down your sink drains and toilets.

Fats, oils and grease (FOG) poured down a drain can build up on sewer walls causing blockages in the sewer system, and blockages can lead to basement flooding. The City of Windsor spends a significant amount of money removing FOG from blocked sewers and in treatment costs at wastewater treatment plants. Residents can do their part by pouring cooled kitchen fats, oil and grease into a container and storing it in a refrigerator or freezer until full and ready for disposal. Containers should then be bagged and placed in the garbage. 

Personal care products and “flushable” wipes can also clog sewer lines and contribute to sewer backups. Many products labelled as flushable do not dissolve and actually damage and cause blockages in home plumbing, sewers and pumping stations when flushed. All wipes and paper towels must be placed in the garbage for disposal. Human waste and toilet paper are the only materials that should be flushed down the toilet.

The City of Windsor needs everyone to do their part to help maintain the sewer system to prevent costly excess repairs and maintenance and to reduce the risk of basement flooding. During ongoing maintenance, if sewer issues are detected due to the presence of FOG or personal care products, educational information may be left at your home by City workers.

To learn more about the City of Windsor’s sewer system, watch our video “Waste Water Where Does it Go” on YouTube. You can also find information on FOG and Flushable Wipes at www.citywindsor.ca.

For more information about environmental initiatives, you can call 519-253-7111 ext. 3226 or email emp@citywindsor.ca

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