ERMU encourages water customers to care for pipes during Drinking Water Week.
Many things can unnecessarily clog a home’s plumbing system, including "flushable" wipes, and fats, oils and grease. Each year, these clog pipes, back up systems and harm the environment when they aren’t disposed of properly.
Specifically, flushable wipes, facial tissue, paper towels and medications should be thrown away in the trash and should not be flushed down the toilet. Also, fats, oil and grease should not be dumped down the drain. Instead, they should also be thrown away in the trash.
"Caring for our pipes should be considered maintenance around the home and not just thought of when something goes wrong with them," said ERMU Water Superintendent Eric Volk. "We have to do our part not to clog up our already precarious water and wastewater systems."
More information on caring for pipes can be found on DrinkTap.org.