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Public Notice - Think Before you Flush, Toilets are not Trash Cans


Toilets are not Trash Cans
Think before you Flush
It is understandable in this time of response to COVID-19, that additional cleaning efforts and use of different cleaning items are taking place. The use of cleaning wipes has expanded exponentially.
Township/City sanitary sewer systems are not designed to dispose of anything beyod human waste, toilet paper and wastewater. 
It is extremely important that everyday items such as hygiene products, wipes and cleaning materials and rubber gloves do not get flushed or poured down the sewer system.
Flushing any other materials down the drains can result in:
  • Damage or blockages to your home plumbing, which could lead to basement flooding
  • Damage to the Township/City’s sewer pipes located under the streets, which could lead to basement flooding
  • Increased operation and maintenance costs for the Township of Laurentian Valley and City of Pembroke to clean and repair the sewer pipes
  • Decreased life of equipment at Pollution Control Centre and increased maintenance & repairs
  • Harm to the environment
To help keep the entire sewage system working well, please do not flush or put the following products down the drain:
Don't flush products down your toilets
  • cleaning wipes/baby wipes – even those that say “flushable” can cause a problem – they don’t breakdown like toilet paper so the cause a lot blockages
  • hygiene products
  • cleaning rags – are far too thick to be flushed
  • facial tissue
  • paper towels
  • rubber gloves
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in helping protect critical infrastructure.