"Don't Rush To Flush"

By KBJR News 1

March 10, 2011 Updated Mar 10, 2011 at 8:50 AM CDT

(Duluth, MN), The Northlands NewsCenter

The task of cleaning the toilet is probably the least favorite of our chores

and doing it in an environmentally friendly way is easy. Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson explains in "Your Green Life"

When Nature calls...

We know what we need to do, but when its time to clean the washroom. The choice you make, is an important one.

"A lot of the wipes that are marketed as disposable should be disposed of in the garbage and not in the toilet," said Sarah Lerohl. Environmental Program Coordinator at WLSSD in Duluth.

Baby Wipes, Rags, Diapers, and even toilet cleaning wands are some other popular things that should not be flushed.

And objects like paper towel that are not flushable and may cause a sanitary sewer overflow. So remember, don't rush to flush.

"We are talking about sewage in your home backing up in your basement or a breach in a pipe that would cause the sewage to come up to the surface," said Sarah.

Getting sewage in our local water supply could be possible if and when a significant overflow occurs. So, choosing what you use to clean the bathroom is the best way to live green.

"If you have opportunities to buy things that are reusable we would encourage that because we are trying to put less in the landfill," said Sarah.

So rags, sponges and other tools will work fine, just don't flush them down. In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, the Northlands Newscenter.

High Efficiency Toilets can also save you up to 16 thousand gallons of water annually.

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