Only toilet paper down the loo, pleads City of Castlegar

Other paper and disinfectant wipe products can clog up sewer lines

The City of Castlegar is asking people to be careful about what they flush down the toilet.

With toilet paper supplies running low for some due to panic buying, the city is asking people using alternatives to be careful and not flush disinfecting wipes, Kleenex or other unnecessary materials down the toilet.

City works crews have noticed an increase in these types of products in the city sewer system.

“We are happy to see our community working so hard to disinfect and keep our homes clean and families healthy but we need to make sure these items are not put into our sewer system – they need to go into the garbage,” says Chris Barlow, chief administrative officer.

“I want to make sure our crews are concentrating on essential services, not unnecessary maintenance.”

Wipes, Kleenex, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, and even wipes labelled as flushable should not be flushed down the toilet because they are not manufactured to break down the same way toilet paper does.

They can cause a residential system back-up resulting in localized flooding and property damage or severe clogs resulting in interruptions to essential sewer services or costly repairs.

Residents could face big plumbing bills — if they can get a plumber to go to their house — to unblock domestic drains plugged by the other cleaning materials.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Criminal charges laid against Trail man arrested in Castlegar

Clayton Clarke was released from custody on Wednesday.

Shots fired at a West Trail home

Police report that the victim, a 37-year old Trail man, was not injured

Archive and research project at Doukhobor Discovery Centre coming to fruition

Up to 2,000 items will be able to be archived at facility when project is finished

Indecent exposure at Trail’s Gyro Park

The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon just before 5 p.m.

21 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in B.C. as virus ‘silently circulates’ in broader community

Health officials urge British Columbians to enjoy summer safely as surge continues

Tough time for tree fruits as some B.C. farm products soar

Province reports record 2019 sales, largely due to cannabis

‘Let’s all do a self-check’: Okanagan mayor reacts to racist vandalism targeting local family

Home of Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was targeted on evening of July 13

Province agrees to multimillion-dollar payout for alleged victims of Kelowna social worker

Robert Riley Saunders is accused of misappropriating funds of children — often Indigenous — in his care

B.C. businessman David Sidoo gets 3 months behind bars for college admissions scam

Sidoo was sentenced for hiring someone take the SATs in place of his two sons

PHOTOS: Inside a newly-listed $22M mega-mansion on ALR land in B.C.

The large home, located on ALR land, is one of the last new mansions to legally be built on ALR land

Thousands of dollars in stolen rice found in B.C. warehouse

Police raid seizes $75,000 in ‘commercial scale’ theft case

COVID-19 gives B.C. First Nation rare chance to examine tourism’s impact on grizzly bears

With 40 infrared cameras deployed in Kitasoo-Xai’Xais territory, research will help develop tourism plan with least impact on bears

NDP wants Lower Mainland MLA removed from BC Liberal caucus for alleged homophobia

BC Liberal leader, some MLAs apologize for Christian magazine ads but Laurie Throness doubles down

Most Read