SALT LAKE CITY — A group that promotes water quality in Utah has asked the state Legislature for $150,000 to educate residents against disposing non-flushable products in toilets amid clogged sewer lines.
The “Toilets Are Not Trash Cans” educational campaign is aimed at teaching flushers not to dispose of wet wipes, feminine products or unused pharmaceuticals in toilets, the Deseret News reported Monday.
“We want the public to think before they flush,” said LeLand Myers, executive director of the Wasatch Front Water Quality Council, a group that represents cities and water and sewer districts. “Only three things belong in toilets — pee, poo, paper.”
The state legislative committee heard the funding request Monday.
The products caused a $10,000 problem with pumps at the Central Davis Sewer District facility, district general manager Jill Jones said.
“The more people are using these products and flushing them down the drain, the greater the cost will be for wastewater treatment plants to process them and this will likely result in higher utility fees for residents,” Jones said.
Unwanted pharmaceuticals, such as hormone therapy drugs, are also causing environmental problems in Utah by leading to the feminization of male fish and other aquatic species, officials said.
The Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District found in a study that as the community continues to grow, the amount of wastewater that is treated increases.
The study found that water levels remained the same, so the increasing treatment is being caused by an increase in chemicals in the water.