World Water Day focuses on wastewater

Wednesday 22 May is World Water Day 2017 - a timely reminder to stop and think about where the water goes after you pull the plug in your kitchen sink, or what happens to shower water after it flows down the drain.

Muswellbrook Shire Council is responsible for the Shire’s drinking water supply, and the treatment of waste - including wastewater from toilets, showers, baths, laundries and kitchen sinks.

Council’s Water Sustainability Officer, Nelson Burand-Hicks said: “Whatever is sent through a pipe in your house needs to be treated by Council before it is reused or released.”

Seemingly small actions like tipping the leftover oil in a frypan down the sink, or leaving food scraps in the mix, can add up to large consequences which need to be corrected later on in the system.

“It’s easy to find local examples of waste water systems struggling with various things entering the system. In early 2016 a blockage from wet wipes weighing close to a tonne was removed from the sewage system of Hunter Water.”

“Council is encouraging residents to be mindful about what they’re tipping and flushing down the drain on World Water Day and help us take care of our precious natural resource.”

For more information contact Council’s Sustainability Team on 6549 3700.

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