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Respect Your Water

September 09, 2019 10:43 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, wastewater flows through Rochester's Water Reclamation Plant where it's cleaned through physical, biological, and chemical processes. Once all those pollutants are removed the water ends up in the Zumbro River.

And it's not just apple or lemon peels that flow through the city's sewer system and into the facility.

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"I've found hypodermic needles and a lot of wipes," said Environmental Specialist William Bernau.

If you see the word "flushable" on a package of wipes disregard it. The wipes may meet industry standards, be they won't break down like toilet paper.

"Throw your disposable wipes in the trash, don't flush them down the toilet," said Environmental Specialist Chelsea Wiegand.

The hair that falls off your head and body also ends up at the plant. Installing an inexpensive hair catch tray can do the trick and save a lot of time for employees at the treatment plant.

The choices we make inside our homes can have a significant impact on our environment and a significant impact on the people who work to protect it. Making small changes to our daily routine, and telling our kids why it matters,  will ensure they and others will have clean water for years to come.

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