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What to do with Unwanted or Expired Medication

Every year, unwanted or expired medications are flushed down the toilet, which can cause problems like water pollution and accidental ingestion in our communities. Flushing unused medications may seem like a safe way to quickly dispose prescriptions in order to keep them out of the wrong hands, but these compounds are finding their way into our waterways. 

Most medicines are not completely removed by wastewater treatment processes or septic systems, which is why it's so important to dispose of medication one of the three ways listed below.

Thanksgiving Tips for Protecting Your Pipes

Thanksgiving should be filled with good food, family time and friends - not emergency calls to a plumber because of a backed up pipe. Avoid the mistake of pouring fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the drain. The holidays are often the time when families are frying food that contains a large amount of FOGs. 

Over time, the FOGs stick to the sides of sewer pipes on your property and in our sewer system. Over time the grease builds up, hardens and blocks the pipes, causing costly damage that is unpleasant to deal with. These backups are often smelly and can damage the environment.

Winter Watch: Protect Your Pipes

It doesn't take long for meters and pipes to freeze during extreme cold spells, especially when temperatures dip below 32F. If your pipes or meter freezes, you will not have water. As we head into the coldest months of the season, it's important to protect your pipes as much as possible. Preventative measures include:

How much water does it take?

One of the stations in our exhibit, The Aquiary, looks at how much water is used to grow and produce the things we eat and use every day. Visitors are often surprised at the number of gallons needed for the things around us. Factories that manufacture disposable products like paper, plastic, fabric and metal all rely on water to produce their products and clean them. Understanding how much water is needed for these things can help us to understand how we use and reuse things. 

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Protect Your Pipes: Fall Edition

Protect your pipes this fall and take the time to disconnect and turn off the water connection to your hose bib(s) outside. Taking a few minutes to do this can help prevent costly errors and expenses down the road. It may feel warm out now, but chilly weather is just around the corner.

When temperatures outside drop, water can expand and freeze in pipes, which puts a lot of stress on pipes that contain it. This usually happens to outdoor hose bibs and water supply pipes in unheated areas like basements and garages.