According to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “forty percent of the world’s population – 2.5 billion people – practice open defecation or lack adequate sanitation facilities”. This reality puts health and the environment at risk. Unfortunately, the issue isn’t confined to rural or underdeveloped areas of the world. Even in urban or more affluent areas of the world, defective toilets or poorly managed septic systems can result in the discharge of raw sewage into open drains or surface waters. The threat to sanitation, defined as conditions relating to public health, especially the provision of clean drinking water and adequate sewage disposal, can jeopardize health.
What does this mean for me?
Whether your property is on a septic system or you have municipal services, you should avoid flushing feminine hygiene products, wipes, diapers and cooking oils into the waste flow. Things like paint thinners and other chemicals should be disposed of properly. Dental floss can be one of the worst things to flush! It may seem innocuous, but it clogs pipes, damages water pumps and is not biodegradable. If you have a septic system, be sure to have it pumped and inspected regularly.
What do I need to know to keep my home or business safe?
One of the more common questions we get is “why do I need a professional plumber?”. For us, the answer is simple – it’s all about safety. We are professionals, trained to provide services that will safeguard the water supply that feeds your home or business, and more importantly, the people living and working in those spaces.
What else can I do?
As we enter the season of giving, you might consider supporting a reputable charity or organization that works to bring sanitation to communities in Canada and around the world. Unfortunately, there are many options to choose from as there are many people who make do without the basics – toilets and clean running water.
Please contact Fransky Mechanical with any questions you have about the water supply. We are happy to provide free estimates and look forward to helping you with an up-coming project.