Don’t flush dangerous and damaging substances into your wastewater treatment system. (Please refer to the “Substitutes for
Household Hazardous Waste,” on the next panel.) Specifically, do not flush . . .
- Excessive amounts of bath or body oils
- Water softener backwash
- Flammable or toxic products
- Household cleaners, especially floor wax and rug cleaners
- Chlorine bleach, chlorides, and pool or spa products
- Pesticides, herbicides, agricultural chemicals, or fertilizers
Don’t plumb water softener discharge brine into your wastewater system. (The softened WATER is OK, just not the BRINE that’s produced during the regeneration cycle.)
Do route the brine around your wastewater system so it discharges directly into the soil. This is a cost-effective solution that ensures the long-term performance of your system and the biological processes that occur inside it.
Water softener brine can interfere with nitrogen removal. And it degrades treatment by interfering with the settling process inside the tank. Without proper settling, solids, grease, and oils are carried through your system, clogging components. This increases your costs by…
- requiring the tank to be pumped more often (at hundreds of dollars per pumpout)
- requiring filters to be cleaned more often
- fouling drainfields and other downstream equipment