The 3P’s: Caring for your sewage treatment plant, septic tank or pump station

Sewage treatment plants, septic tanks and pump stations are designed only to deal with the 3P’s – pee, poo and toilet paper.

Inappropriate materials flushed into the drainage system can cause unnecessary blockages, severe damage to the components within your system and environmental pollution, resulting in costly repairs and clean up operations.

Pee poo and paper

DO NOT FLUSH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS


SOLIDS
  • Absorbent cloths
  • Bandages
  • Baby wipes
  • Cigarette butts
  • Contact lenses
  • Contraception
  • Cotton buds
  • Cotton wool
  • Dental floss
  • Dish cloths
  • Food
  • Incontinence pads
  • Kitchen roll
  • Razors
  • Sanitary items
  • Tights
  • Wet wipes

LIQUIDS

  • Engine oils
  • Chemicals (household or garden)
  • Grease
  • Kitchen fats
  • Paints



Toilet alert

TOILET TIPS

  • Bin everything other than the 3P’s: Pee, Paper and Poo
  • Place a bin near all the toilets in your home
  • Keep odour and leak-proof bags nearby, eg, nappy sacks or sanitary disposal bags
  • Share this information and encourage your toilet users to follow this guide

The 3P's display

Download and display our guide, or please contact us if you have any questions. For more information you can visit https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2015/08/28/love-your-loo/

THE 3P’s Caring for your sewage treatment plant, septic tank or pump station