Everything from hair to candy wrappers; hamsters to lottery tickets, washes up in a wastewater treatment plant making my job more difficult than it has to be. My personal annoyance is dental floss because it gets wrapped up in pumps and then everything that normally passes through clings to the floss causing me to wonder how far the trash can was away from the toilet for someone to choose to put it in the toilet instead.
Lately, the few folks who know I work in wastewater treatment have been sending me articles since the coronavirus came to town. There are articles about coronavirus being found in wastewater; articles about tracing how much coronavirus is in wastewater to determine how many people in a given area possibly have COVID-19 compared to the number of confirmed cases in that area; and articles on how people are throwing masks, disinfectant wipes, rubber gloves, and all sorts of PPE in the toilet causing major blockages in people’s homes, the street pipes, and the wastewater plant.
Philadelphia Inquirer reported…
If you don’t believe the mayor, would you believe a plumber…
In the sewer system, if wipes get clogged, they can act as a magnet for other materials and could cause a partial or full obstruction. These obstructions can lead to sewer backups that impact peoples’ homes.
So, whether you want to avoid your toilet getting clogged and spilling all over the bathroom floor, or your pipes getting clogged and backing up sewage in your basement or bathtub, or you just want to make my job easier, please use the trash can for EVERYTHING that’s not toilet paper.
It really is that simple.