In the Eugene Springfield area, every time you flush the toilet, take a shower, wash the dishes, do the laundry, or send anything else down the drain, it comes to us. That’s whether you’re at home, at work, or visiting a local business. 

We are your local wastewater treatment plant, managed by the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission. Everything you send down the drain and want to forget about comes to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Cleaning your used water is our job! We treat it to very high standards, until it’s cleaner than river water, and then release it into the Willamette River. We also handle your waste that we remove from the water with sustainable, innovative methods that are nationally recognized.

Because of that, it’s our job to know what can (and can’t) be put down the drain safely. We’ve found a lot of crazy things in pipes before, but there are a couple things that consistently cause issues in your pipes and can pollute our regional systems. Here are two simple ways you can protect your home and your community from clogs and pollution!

Put Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) in the Trash

Fats, Oils, and Grease build up gradually in pipes. This can affect your own wastewater pipes in your home, and it can also create problems in your neighborhood’s pipes or the region’s infrastructure. Clogs and damage from FOG can lead to backups and spillovers of wastewater, and they require time, labor, and money to fix.

To help prevent this, just collect the grease after you cook and throw it in the trash! We provide free FOG kits to help make it easy, convenient, and mess-free.

Throw Wipes in the Trash

Wipes can get caught in wastewater pipes and get stuck, leading to clogs and backups. In the regional wastewater system, they can damage pumps and take a whole neighborhood’s system offline.

To help keep your pipes flowing, throw all wipes in the trash. Even the ones that say they’re “flushable” can still cause serious issues!

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