Don’t flush wipes, hair and other UnflushablesDon’t flush wipes, hair and other Unflushables<div class="ExternalClassBE805C338ACC4C63A19DACC696FE0EE5"><p>Metro Vancouver will kick off its third annual <em>Unflushables </em>campaign April 1, reminding residents not to throw items like wipes, paper towels and floss down the drain as they can cause costly sewer clogs and damage infrastructure.</p><p>These items, along with hair, tampons and applicators and condoms, can combine with grease to block the regional sewers and air valves, stop pumps and disrupt the regional treatment plant processes, requiring emergency intervention by operations staff. </p><p>In the largest case to date, Metro Vancouver operators had to remove a 75-pound clog at a regional pump station. Clogged sewers can also cause sewage overflows into the environment or into people’s homes, while the cost to respond to these situations can cost Metro Vancouver hundreds of thousands of dollars annually and divert valuable resources from other priorities.</p><p>In order to keep our sewer system flowing smoothly, Metro Vancouver has updated its processes and equipment, with measures that include increasing the pump motor speeds, installing vibration sensors, implementing a “pump reversal mode” to help remove sewage clogs from the pump as soon as they start to form, and setting alarms when pump clogging conditions are detected.</p><p>Metro Vancouver’s <a href="/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/unflushables/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"><em><font color="#1b84c9">Unflushables</font></em></a> campaign also aims to help reduce the quantity of unflushable items from entering the waste stream by urging residents to flush only pee, poo and toilet paper and throw everything else in the trash. The launch, which will be rolled out during rush hour at Waterfront SkyTrain station, will include advertising online and in restaurants, public washrooms and cinemas as well as on social media. Specific unflushable items will also be highlighted in a series of short videos for social media and on the campaign website.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue51-unflushables.jpg2019-03-28T07:00:00ZGP0|#fa10f1b3-b2b5-4771-aabf-d0c9cee82ee2;L0|#0fa10f1b3-b2b5-4771-aabf-d0c9cee82ee2|Issue 51;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass2DE33C9851E34A849156ECA20801ED05"><p>​Metro Vancouver will kick off its third annual Unflushables campaign April 1, reminding residents not to throw items like wipes, paper towels and floss down the drain as they can cause costly sewer clogs and damage infrastructure.</p></div>0