There are only three things that you can flush down the toilet – urine, feces and toilet paper. In other words, human waste, or the three Ps: pee, poo, and paper. The wastewater journey usually takes one of two directions. It either heads by way of a pipe to your community’s local sewer, or into a septic tank close to your home. Before it reaches your local treatment plant, wastewater goes through a screen of metal rods that filter larger objects and items that get into the sewers. From there, it all goes to the settling tank where solids like sand and gravel that have been picked along the way settle to the bottom.
Apr 4, Water Quality, Water Use. As Maeve Conran reports in our ongoing radio series on water issues, Connecting the Drops, several Colorado municipalities have launched public awareness campaigns on what not to put down the drain. The sound and smell of bacon frying is a pretty common occurrence in households on weekend mornings. Now imagine this happening in millions of households around the state and then imagine the cumulative effect of all those greasy frying pans getting washed. Metro Wastewater Reclamation District treats the wastewater of about 2 million people in the Denver area. The Robert W. Hite plant close to downtown Denver deals with the bulk of it. Pretty much anything that goes down the drain in this area comes straight here to be treated, cleaned and ultimately discharged back into the South Platte. We also have another flow over here that you can see that comes from Aurora, Denver International Airport and areas north and east of this facility.
Their place is in the trash. Honestly, you shouldn’t even be able to flush a diaper like menstrual products, they expand in water and diapers are probably already too big to get down the drain but on the off-chance that you can and do, it’ll expand and get caught in your pipes. This one might surprise you, because human waste is basically just broken-down food anyway, but flushing food that hasn’t been digested can cause problems for your plumbing, too. And just because wipes are harmful to babies, it doesn’t mean they won’t hurt the environment. Each flush uses up to three gallons.