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Major clog in Mission, B.C.’s sewer system credited to pair of sweatpants – BC

City officials in Mission, B.C., said a significant clog in the sewer system has been fixed, but what caused the blockage was an eye-raiser.

City of Mission public works crews discovered a pair of sweatpants had caused the blockage, saying the only way the sweats ended up there was through a toilet.

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“While the team quickly got to work removing the mess and repairing the damage, it was a good reminder that the only things that should be flushed down a toilet are toilet paper, poo, and pee,” City of Mission staff said in a release.

The city is using the incident to remind its residents that many items should not be flushed, especially clothing items.

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“Our collection system, pipes, and wastewater treatment plant run best when processing what they are intended for,” said Colin McLean, City of Mission’s utility operations manager.

“This is a friendly reminder to stay sewer savvy for the good of our system. This will ensure everyone in the community continues to receive optimal sewer service at all times.”

A list of what not to flush or put down the drain was provided by the city:

  • baby wipes
  • “flushable” wipes
  • feminine hygiene products
  • bandages and wrappers
  • condoms and wrappers
  • cotton balls
  • swabs and Q-tips
  • dental floss
  • hair
  • diapers
  • facial tissue
  • hypodermic needles
  • medications
  • vitamins
  • supplements
  • cat litter
  • chemicals and solvents
  • cigarette butts
  • food scraps
  • coffee grounds
  • disposable duster heads
  • fruit stickers
  • fats, oil and grease
  • paint
  • paper towels

“Instead of flushing the unflushable, place the item in the garage or, if appropriate, your recycling or compost bin,” city staff said.

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