We call it pre-treatment but you should think of the "first step" in wastewater treatment as source control. With increased awareness and everyone’s help, the amount of pollutants entering the sewer system can be reduced each year. Wastewater conveyance and treatment facilities are not designed to process items that should not go down the drain. Grease,"flushable wipes," pharmaceuticals, and more can lead to clogs and equipment malfunctions that are pricey to fix. Through careful, and sometimes regulated, monitoring of what is put in the sewer system, you can reduce the amount of toxic pollutants in the environment and also positively impact treatment costs.
Businesses can help ensure environmental protection and prevent damage to the sanitary sewer system, obstructions within the collection system, pass through of pollutants from our facility into the environment, and toxic conditions for system crews by preventing harmful discharges and spills.
Since 1998, over 85 billion gallons of recycled water have been produced for irrigation in Monterey County. That's 85 billion gallons of water that have not been pumped out of our aquifers! Salt, especially from sodium chloride water softeners, is threatening this resource because it damages plants by restricting their root absorption.
Wastewater carries pollutants from everyday activities like cooking, gardening, maintaining your car, and even spring-cleaning your garage and medicine cabinet. Because of this, it is important to prevent pollution at the source. Consider these safer, environmentally friendly cleaning solutions.
Proper disposal of hazardous waste is important to maintaining our healthy environment. Many common products that we use in our daily lives contain potentially hazardous ingredients and require special care when being disposed of.
In order to protect and extend the use life of our sewer and wastewater infrastructure, it is important that customers are mindful of what is sent down drains or flushed down toilets. Improper disposal of items can lead to sewer backups and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) or maintenance issues, thereby threatening the reliability of our sanitary sewer system and the health of our community.
Trash it! Don't flush it Flushable wipes are typically made with synthetic materials, plastics or polyester, that won’t break down. So even if they flush down your toilet, they end up clogging our sewers. This poses hazardous risks to our wastewater infrastructure.