Sewer Notice
Posted by wwsc on May 17, 2019

The full notice can be viewed and downloaded here: May 2019 Sewer Notice


With growing awareness around blockages in our wastewater system, it’s important to know the facts about what NOT to flush.  Monterra’s wastewater is causing blockages in the Town of Cochrane.  Wipes labeled “flushable” are the new popular cleaning product that is now globally a BIG DIRTY PROBLEM.  Toilet paper and human waste disintegrates within minutes of being flushed.  However, wipes and anything thicker than toilet paper are not designed to lose their integrity and break down after being flushed. Wipes that are flushed make their way to the Town of Cochrane and cause blockages which is a serious and potentially costly problem.

Just because a product is marketed as “flushable” doesn’t mean you should flush it down the toilet.  Don’t believe the “flushable” or “disposable” labels as many manufactures are to blame for misleading the consumer. It is a proven fact that these products do not break down like toilet paper when flushed and reportedly add “$250 million dollars in additional repairs and maintenance each year to municipal sewer systems in Canada.” (  Flushing wipes will ultimately cause adverse problems by seriously damaging our wastewater infrastructure and can result in clogging your home’s sewer pipes that may result in the homeowner spending money to have the drain snaked. Save yourself from costly repairs and or replacement bills.  Please remember, flushing wipes = sewer problems.  Please save your pipes and don’t flush wipes.

Unfortunately, toilets are often treated like garbage cans with the following unacceptable items being flushed:  Baby Wipes, Disinfecting Wipes, Facial Cleaning Wipes, Paper Towels, Swiffer pads/refills, Feminine hygiene products, Q-tips, Disposable toilet brushes, Hair, Dental Floss, Bandages, Cigarette Butts, Rags, Kitty Litter, Aquarium Gravel, Any Plastic Item, Syringes, Diapers, Food Wrappers, Medication, Rubber Gloves, Oil and Grease. 

**Please NEVER flush any consumer item that is not toilet paper. The best rule of thumb is to ONLY FLUSH human waste and toilet paper. That’s it.  Your efforts will help protect our environment, prevent blockages in your pipes, and keep our wastewater system running smoothly and reduce maintenance costs.

Thank you!