The town sewer is collected and flows to Red Deer for treatment through the South Red Deer Regional Wastewater Commission system. The Public Works staff maintains the wastewater collection system, which includes three lift stations, within Penhold and are the contract operators for the Waskasoo portion of the regional wastewater system and the SRD system from Pedhold to Red Deer. This includes two additional facilities and 40 km of pipeline.
To Flush or Not to Flush
Just because the package says "flushable" doesn't mean it's true. Many items marketed as disposable and/or flushable do not degrade like toilet paper, and they wind up clogging pipes, tangling pumps and causing sewer backups into streets, businesses and homes.
Our sewers are designed to dispose of very specific things. Using your toilet for disposal of many modern products will often result in blockages. The drains that connect your home to the main sewer are only big enough to carry water, toilet paper and human waste – pipes are typically 4 inches.
Public Works staff work in the sewers to ensure we always have free flowing waste water disposal. Please consider them and their safety when choosing to flush or not to flush.
What not to flush:
• Diapers (cloth, disposable, "flushable")
• Facial tissues
• Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, moist wipes, etc.
• Toilet bowl scrub pads
• Napkins (paper or cloth), paper towels
• Dental floss
• Egg shells, nutshells, and coffee grounds
• Fats, oils, and greases
• Food items containing seeds and peelings
• Sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms, or any non-organic material
• Vitamins, medicines or other pharmaceuticals
• Wash cloths, towels, rags (any cloth item)
• Sheet plastic, or plastic of any kind
• Needles or other sharp objects
• Cigarette Butts
If it isn’t human waste or toilet paper – please don't flush it!