‘Human waste and toilet paper’: Esquimalt tells residents what to flush down the toilet

'Human waste and toilet paper': Esquimalt tells residents what to flush down the toilet
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Township of Esquimalt is reminding residents not to flush objects other than human waste and toilet paper down the toilet.

Residents in Esquimalt are being reminded that the only things that should be flushed down the toilet are human waste and toilet paper.

According to a press release issued by the Township of Esquimalt on March 24, the municipality is seeing increased pressure on their infrastructure, including its sanitary waste system, as more and more people remain at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, the township is asking its residents not to flush items like “flushable” wipes down the toilet as they can clog pumps and create sewage overflows.

“Residents should note that the only thing that should be going into the sanitary system is human waste and toilet paper. Other household waste items need to be tied securely in garbage bags and disposed of in appropriate containers. Securely bagging household waste makes for easier disposal,” the township said in the release.

The township says its also closed its yard and garden waste transfer station on Canteen Road “due to lack of staffing associated with COVID-19” and is trying to figure out how to get the service running again amid a pandemic.


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