If you live in a city or town, chances are everything you pour down the drain ends up at the local wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). So, before you flush, pour or dump anything into a toilet, sink, household drain or storm drain, think about what it may do to your WWTP and your environment.
Our local wastewater treatment plant is designed to treat human wastes and dirty water from household activities such as bathing, showering, laundry, and dishwashing. Once treated at the WWTP, the water is safely released into the White River. When other items—including household chemicals—are sent to the WWTP, they can harm the treatment process and increase the overall cost of wastewater treatment. Some chemicals may pass through the plant unchanged and be released into the river, potentially harming human health and aquatic life.
Washington has a combined sewer overflow (CSO) system which conveys both wastewater and storm water to the WWTP through a single pipe. During periods of heavy rain, untreated wastewater may be released directly into Hawkins Creek, Veale Creek and the White River.