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The 12 Days of Flushing

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Today's post is a "shout out" to our peeps at the Water Reclamation Facility - these are our top notch plant operators who show up to work in snow, sleet, rain, ice, Christmas Day and all other days the rest of us are permitted to pull the covers up around us another hour. These guys commit to shift work 365 days a year, so they miss a lot of things the rest of us take for granted, all to ensure perfect operation of a system we take for granted, wastewater treatment.

In honor of them and as a tip of the hat, I offer everyone this flushing-themed message, which if followed, makes their job a little easier. Sing it to the tune of "12 Days of Christmas". So don your Santa hat, pull out the piano bench and gather 'round, for Loudoun Water's 12 Days of Flushing.

The first thing at Christmas you can't flush down the toilet is the goldfish that died on Christmas Eve.
The second thing at Christmas you can't flush down the toilet are 2 premoistened wipes and the goldfish that died on Christmas Eve.
The third thing at Christmas you can't flush down the toilet are 3 wiggly spiders, 2 premoistened wipes and the goldfish that died on Christmas Eve.
The fourth thing at Christmas you can't flush down the toilet are 4 expired drugs, 3 wiggly spiders, 2 premoistened wipes and the goldfish that died on Christmas Eve.
The fifth thing at Christmas you can't flush down the toilet are 5 clumps of kitty litter (any brand), 4 expired drugs, 3 wiggly spiders, 2 premoistened wipes and the goldfish that died on Christmas Eve.
The sixth thing at Christmas you can't flush down the toilet are 6 paper towels...
The seventh thing at Christmas you can't flush down the toilet are 7 fats, oils and grease...
The eighth thing at Christmas you can't flush down the toilet are 8 feminine products...
The ninth thing at Christmas you can't flush down the toilet are 9 "flushable" cleaning wipes...
The tenth thing at Christmas you can't flush down the toilet are 10 used Swiffer pads...
The eleventh thing at Christmas you can't flush down the toilet are 11 caustic chemicals...

and the twelfth thing at Christmas you can't flush down the toilet are 12 tiny toys, 11 caustic chemicals, 10 used Swiffer pads, 9 "flushable" cleaning wipes, 8 feminine products, 7 fats, oils and grease, 6 paper towels, 5 clumps of kitty litter, 4 expired drugs, 3 wiggly spiders, 2 premoistened wipes and the goldfish that died on Christmas Eve.

Hope you enjoyed this rendition and seriously, none of the above items should be making their way into your toilets, regardless of what the packaging might say, especially the clumpy kitty litter and so-called "flushable" wipes. So have a great holiday, and mind your P's and Q's while you go 1 and 2.