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You wouldn't dump paint into Okanagan Lake — pouring it down drain almost same thing

Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant is pictured in this aerial photo submitted by the regional district.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Central Okanagan Regional District
September 12, 2018 - 1:45 PM

WEST KELOWNA - You wouldn’t dump paint, cooking oil or old pills into Okanagan Lake but did you know dumping it down the drain or flushing it down the toilet can have the same effect.

That’s the message behind a series of four short videos produced by the Central Okanagan Regional District aimed at users of the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and what they can do to help protect the treated effluent it releases.

Known as source control, the videos touch on such things as fats, oils, greases, leftover medications as well as personal consumer items like baby wipes, diapers and cotton swabs as detrimental to water treatment and deep sewer maintenance.

Communications officer Bruce Smith said in a press release the wastewater treatment plant treats 10 million litres of wastewater each day and by practicing source control, residents can help keep material that can’t be removed through the treatment process from entering Okanagan Lake.

Source control also prevents costly clogs and pipe backups by diverting things like food waste and personal consumer items from deep sewers, Smith said.

The Westside Wastewater treatment plant serves the communities of Peachland, West Kelowna and the Westbank First Nation.

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