Author Archives: Cynthia Finley

Toilets Are Not Trashcans!

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On November 19, World Toilet Day, NACWA unveiled a new Toilets Are Not Trashcans logo to encourage proper respect of toilets, and the sewer systems that they flush into.  Too many utilities across the country – and around the world – are spending too much money on dealing with all of the products that people […]

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The FTC Flunks “Flushable” Wipes

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on Monday that it finalized a consent order with Nice-Pak Products, Inc. requiring it to stop advertising its wipes as “flushable” unless it can substantiate the claim.  This consent order is the first action by a government agencies to deal with the flushability issue, and it is a huge […]

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There Are Heroes Among Us

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Next week, over 150 pretreatment professionals from across the country will gather at NACWA’s National Pretreatment & Pollution Prevention Workshop in Greenville, South Carolina.  While these pretreatment professionals will look like average people, I like to imagine all of them wearing superhero capes, because I think that they are the unsung heroes that protect the […]

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On April Fools – The Wipes Issue is No Joke

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The media can’t seem to get enough of wipes stories, which is a good thing for utilities since every news story draws attention to the problem and helps to educate people not to flush wipes.  Several major stories appeared about the wipes problem in the month of March.  The New York Times published an article […]

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EPA’s Dental Amalgam Separator Rule: It’s Not Filling a Hole

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Keeping mercury out of the environment is definitely a good thing, since it is a persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic pollutant.  Clean water agencies have long worked to reduce their mercury discharges into the environment, and a variety of pollution prevention measures have resulted in the reduction of mercury discharges from wastewater treatment facilities.
Last year, EPA […]

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To Flush or Not to Flush? That is the Question

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“To Flush or Not to Flush” seems to be a question that many consumers either cannot answer correctly, or do not care to ask.  Wastewater utilities are frustrated by the amount of materials – such as paper towels, baby wipes, cleaning wipes, wipes labeled “flushable”, and feminine hygiene products – that are causing expensive problems […]

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What Does “Flushable” Really Mean?

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Utilities across the country are delivering the “3 Ps” message to their customers, asking them to flush only the 3 Ps – pee, poop, and toilet paper.  But since many manufacturers and retailers label some wipes and other products “flushable,” NACWA and its utility members are often asked if other products could be safe to […]

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Happy World Toilet Day!

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Today is World Toilet Day! While it may sound like a humorous occasion, it’s actually serious – deadly serious.  It’s a day to recognize that not everyone has access to toilets or good sanitation, which leads to 1,000 children dying each day from diarrheal diseases related to poor sanitation.  
We usually take our toilets for […]

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Don’t Flush It! National Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday!

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Have you ever been cleaning out your bathroom or kitchen cupboard and come across some old prescription medications that you no longer need – perhaps past their expiration date, or for a medical condition you no longer have, or maybe it’s a prescription that you didn’t finish because it didn’t work for your medical condition […]

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‘Cause That’s How We Roll!

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National Toilet Paper Day was celebrated on August 26, and we should all take a moment to be grateful for how the pleasant rolls of soft TP make life a little better.  When my mom was growing up in a rural part of Texas in the 1950s, her house had no indoor plumbing and their […]

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