WASTEWATER

WASTEWATER

Our wastewater treatment facility at Rocky Creek is capable of handling 3.35 million gallons of wastewater per day.  The main by-product of our facility is clean, reusable water that is ready to be introduced into the environment.  Our treatment process is shown below. 

WHAT NOT TO FLUSH

WHAT NOT TO FLUSH

Flushing anything other than water, human waste, and toilet paper is harmful to sewer lines, pump stations, and wastewater treatment equipment.  It also can create clogs that can lead to overflows in the residence or town streets.  The following is a list of items that should not be flushed:

  • Diapers

  • Wipes (even those that say they are safe to flush)

  • Left over food, grease, or oils

  • Rags

  • Feminine products

  • Cotton balls

  • Q-tips

  • Medications

  • Dental floss

Flushing anything other than water, human waste, and toilet paper is harmful to sewer lines, pump stations, and wastewater treatment equipment.  It also can create clogs that can lead to overflows in the residence or town streets.  The following is a list of items that should not be flushed:

  • Diapers

  • Wipes (even those that say they are safe to flush)

  • Left over food, grease, or oils

  • Rags

  • Feminine products

  • Cotton balls

  • Q-tips

  • Medications

  • Dental floss

  • Contraceptives

 

For more information on what not to flush, click on the following external link

Down The Drain.

FATS, OIL, & GREASE

Did you know that cooking grease coats pipes similar to the way that fatty foods clog human arteries?  Fats, oils and grease (FOG) stick to the insides of sewer pipes when washed down the kitchen or bathroom plumbing system.  Over time, this accumulation of FOGs restricts the flow and causes blockages in the sewer, which can result in overflows at manholes or residences.  According the the US EPA, 65% of all sewer spills are related to fats, oil, and grease (FOG) and most of these originate in residential areas.

Can't this be prevented by pouring hot water and detergent down the drain after the grease? NO!  This only breaks the grease up temporarily.  It will still solidify at some point in the system and cause problems.  

 

So how do we dispose of grease properly?

  1. Don't pour fat, oil, or grease (FOG) down the drain.

  2. Dispose of FOG properly by pouring them into a can or other container with a tight lid.  Then dispose of the container in the garbage.

  3. If possible, recycle fryer oil.

  4. Wipe down greasy pots and pans with a paper towel.  Then place the paper towel in the garbage.

  5. Use baskets or strainers in sink drains to prevent food scraps or other solids from entering the plumbing system.

All households play an important role in preventing sewer system blockages. Remember, if it clogs your arteries, it’ll clog your pipes too.

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McCormick, SC 29835

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