RC Water Reclamation: be careful what you put down the drain

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Water Reclamation getting the message out that all things are not created equal when it comes to what goes down the drain.

The department sees all sorts of things coming down the drain every day – everything from toys, toiletry, bottles, even a pumpkin have been seen in city pipes.

Usually its by accident, but a major part of the problem is that some items are labeled “flushable” when they aren’t.

Things like baby wipes – or the so-called “flushable wipes” – take longer to break down in water – causing back ups – which can cause significant damage to the city’s waste water treatment equipment – or your home.

Water Reclamation Superintendent David Van Cleave says there is really only one thing that should go down the drain.

“The only thing that we advise people to actually put down the drain or the toilet is toilet paper. These other disposable wipes and materials like paper towels, hand sanitizers, all those types of things really should be disposed of in the trash. It’s going to end up there anyway, and so it’s better to do that in the first place, rather than risking a backup in your home.”

Additionall, the city warns against pouring fats, oils, or grease down the kitchen sink, which can lead to clogging – resulting in significant damage to your home.

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