The RM of Cartier’s public works department staff are asking Elie residents to limit what they’re flushing down the toilet.
Public works administrator Jason Tanguay said inappropriate items are being flushed, and this is causing problems at the local lift station where pumps are being blocked.
"People don’t always know what they shouldn’t flush," he said.
With this in mind, a bulletin was posted on the RM of Cartier’s website advising residents that, even if a product is marked as being "biodegradable" or "flushable", it doesn’t necessary mean that the item won’t create sewer blockage.
These items include: baby and household wipes, feminine hygiene products, condoms, kitty litter, paper towels, dental floss, cotton swabs, cooking grease, hair, bandages, syringes, rubber and plastic gloves, candy wrappers, pantyhose, toothbrushes, diapers, and shop rags.
The only items deemed to be safe to flush are human waste, toilet paper and water.
Blocked pumps are costing tax dollars to repair, so municipal staff say it’s important to be aware of this issue.
For more information, go to www.rm-cartier.mb.ca and check under Municipal Notices.