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Discharge into the sewer system

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Disinfecting wipes have become very popular…but be sure to dispose of used ones in the trash. Never flush them down the toilet, even if the packaging says that they are biodegradable or safe for flushing.

Our sewer system is designed to treat wastewater. Unlike toilet paper, wipes do not dissolve in water. Used wipes and trash flushed down the toilet or the sink clog up the system and present a high risk of sewer backup. Help us treat your wastewater!

To find out how to dispose of your materials, download the DTRITUS app or visit this web page.

This is how we can avoid overloading the sewer system.

Not down the toilet or down the drain!

Sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants are designed to receive and treat mainly fecal matter and wastewater from kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms...but not the following.

Do not flush any of the following down the toilet or the drain

Food waste

  • Table scraps: grease and bones


  • Wipes
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Cotton swabs
  • Hair
  • Small animal carcasses

Household hazardous waste

  • Motor oil
  • Paint
  • Medication
  • Cleaning products

Consult the Info D-TRI-TUS search engine to find out how to dispose of the above materials.

By-law 406-2007 concerns discharge into sewers. For additional information, check out the pamphlet on sewer use.

About Gatineau

Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 285,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.

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