If you’ve got a DIY toilet, count yourself lucky. Were you aware that there are more mobile-phone users in the world than those who have access to a toilet? According to the World Health Organisation, about one-third of all people on Earth — nearly 2.5 billion men, women, and children — have no adequate toilet for use.
You typically don’t worry about what happens after flushing the toilet, washing your clothes, or taking a shower. All this water runs down the drain and through the sewerage pipes connected to your property. This excess liquid is known as sewage.
Just imagine that you have to remove all this waste yourself making sure it isn’t damaging the environment, and you need to get rid of all the nasties. Yuck!-Yuck!
Once the toilet waste has passed through the bend, it’s headed toward the main sewer line. There, it joins ever bigger pipes along the way on the way to a wastewater treatment facility, with several connections. For a sense of scale here, the city of Boston is estimated to have just under 60,000 miles (100,000 km) of sewage pipes feeding everything into their wastewater treatment plants. This is mixed with other liquids such as sink runoff and washing machines’ wastewater – known as “greywater” – and diverted to a treatment facility via the sewage system.
At the treatment plant, the water undergoes pollutant reduction processes and is then transferred elsewhere-either to a waterway or ocean, or a park, sports ground, or another irrigation purpose. The water being treated is filtered to ensure it does not cause environmental problems. This ensures that the plants and fish which live in the river or ocean where it is released will not be harmed. If the sewage is not properly treated, it can pollute the water.
The bigger problem is that even adults flush a lot of stuff they shouldn’t. This includes the so-called “flushable wet wipes”, which are technically flushable but in reality, THEY ARE NOT!
They don’t break off like toilet paper when flushed, even when they are labeled “flushable!”
When the wastewater treatment hits its final destination, the first thing that needs to be done is to screen off tampons, wet wipes, condoms, diapers, Pennywise, sticks, etc.- everything that cannot be adequately broken down.
NO WET WIPES down the toilet anyway. They are NOT flushable (though the packaging says so)!
The three Ps you should always flush are Pee, Poo, and (Toilet) Paper.
Be kind to your sewage system, and see what you’re flushing.