The City of Enderby is concerns some items flushed into toilets negatively impacts the sewer system.

The City of Enderby is concerns some items flushed into toilets negatively impacts the sewer system.

Enderby flushes out new rules for public

A bylaw was amended to include a variety of items that should not be disposed of in toilets

Enderby officials are increasingly fed up with people flushing the wrong things away.

On Monday, the sanitary sewer bylaw was amended to include a variety of items that should not be disposed of in toilets.

“Disposable wipes get stuck in certain parts of the sewer system,” said Mayor Greg McCune.

“The lines can get plugged up with thousands of these things. Our guys then have to get into the lines and take them out.”

Among the items prohibited from the sewer system are  grass clippings, feathers, tar, meat trimmings, fish scales, mushrooms, garbage, cat box litter, slurries of concrete, hygiene products and plastic applicators, floss and diapers.

McCune is hoping to avoid enforcement by educating the public about what can be flushed.

“I hope people will be aware and think more,” he said.

Messy yards targeted

A tight leash is being placed on residents who don’t look after their yards.

Repeat complaints of unsightly residences will now lead to a four-day warning to clean the site up instead of the current 30 days.

“There was such a long period of time between sending someone (staff) there and then having 30 days to clean up. It took forever,” said Mayor Greg McCune.

In some cases, the property owner or renter would wait until the 30th day to take action.

“It’s very frustrating for the neighbours,” said McCune.