///Clean Water & Wastewater
Clean Water & Wastewater 2019-02-06T14:36:44+00:00

Clean Water & Wastewater

The City of Springfield is responsible for providing administration services to the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC). For more information on the MWMC please visit www.mwmcpartners.org and view the MWMC video series at www.youtube.com/c/MWMCPartners.

The City’s Operations Division maintains the wastewater collection system. To keep our collection system and the regional wastewater treatment facility operating properly, please remeber the wastewater system is designed to convey and treat human waste and toilet paper, nothing else.

Freeze FOG – To Keep Your Wastewater Flowing

What is FOG? It is the presence of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from food that have built up in wastewater pipes when flushed or rinsed down kitchen drains. Here are examples of each type of FOG:

Fats – Butter, margarine, shortening, peanut butter, meat trimmings, cheese, milk, sour cream, and ice cream.

Oils – Cooking oils and salad dressings.

Grease – Gravy, mayonnaise, fat from meats, lard, sauces, and soups.

When FOG is flushed or rinsed down the sink, it sticks to the insides of wastewater pipes that connect your home or business to the local and regional wastewater system. Built up FOG can clog pipes and cause problems such as costly repair and cleanup at your expense, wastewater backing up into your home or your neighbor’s home, or wastewater overflowing into neighborhood parks, yards, and streets.

How can you help out at home?

DO

  • Scrape food scraps into the trash.
  • Pour grease into metal cans, let it harden and throw in the trash.
  • Stop using your garbage disposal, or try to minimize its use.
  • Wipe pots, pans and dishes with a paper towel before washing them.

DON’T

  • Pour grease down the sink or toilet.
  • Don’t use cloth towels or rags to scrape oil or grease off plates and utensils because grease will drain to the sewer when you wash the towels.
  • Don’t run water over dishes, pans, fryers or griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.

Drug Take Back

Unwanted or expired prescription drugs around the house?  Drop them off at a MedReturn Box. A box is located in the lobby of the Springfield Justice Center at 230 4th Street, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The box accepts:

Prescription medications
Over the counter medications
Vitamins and nutritional supplements
Samples
Pet Medications

No needles, sharps, liquid medications, ointments/lotions, thermometers, or aerosol cans/inhalers. Private clinics or hospitals may not deposit medications/prescriptions in the box.

Why use the MedReturn Box?

  • Reduce prescription drug abuse, especially among kids and teens.
  • Avoid accidental consumption of drugs by pets and children.
  • Keep our waterways clean! Oregon Department of Environmental Quality sampling has found trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in some Oregon streams and rivers, and even groundwater. Do NOT flush unwanted medications down the toilet. This leads to the regional wastewater treatment plant, and eventually, our waterways.
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