Waterwise Wednesday: Not Treatable

Water treatment processes makes water clean again, but some things cannot be treated or removed once they’re in the water system. Please don’t pour down a drain or flush the following:

– Pills, medications or drugs. Unused medications or drugs can be deposited in the drop boxes at either the Gering or Scottsbluff police stations. Walgreens and USave Pharmacy have drug take-back programs.

– Household chemicals or cleaning agents. Unused agents should disposed of as hazardous waste at local take-back event.

– Use the minimum amount of detergent and/or bleach when you are washing clothes or dishes. Use only phosphate free soaps and detergents.

– Minimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers which can easily carried in water runoff.

– Motor oil or other automotive fluids. Used oil can be taken to the Gering Landfill.

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Waterwise Wednesday: Clog Prevention

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Keep the holiday cheer going by keeping pipes flowing.

Prevent pipe clogs by:

– Pouring or scooping cooled cooking fat, oil, or grease into a disposable sealable sack and disposing in the trash.

– Avoid the garbage disposal. Put food scraps in the garbage or, better yet, the compost pile.

– Forego the flush. Discard tissues, wrappers, wipes, and menstrual products in a wastebasket, not the toilet. Even “flushable” wipes shouldn’t be flushed.LikeCommentShare