Public Education

Rocky River Expansion Update

The expansion project to increase Rocky River Regional’s capacity is currently on track for completion on schedule (Summer 2024).

Full Update:

  • Yard Pipe: Installing Interior 36″ Pipe at Influent Meter Vault. Continued Tie-In of 36″ ML from AB6 to Box 2A.
  • Aeration Basin 6: Continued Setting Pipe Supports and Installing 24″ and 42″ Air Piping. Continued Backfilling to Grade.
  • EQ Tank 1: Closed Steel Diaphragm.
  • Blower Building: Continued Installing Roof Panels.
  • Gravity Thickeners: Continued Excavation for Gravity Thickeners #3 and #4.
  • Electrical: Continued Ductbank around Aeration Basin 6, Running Exposed Conduit at WAS Pump Station and Disinfection Building, Backfilling Ductbank TI to PMS-11-WAS. Installed Frame for TX-GEN Concrete Pad. Excavating Ductbank from Blower to NEF EQ Manhole.

Don’t Clog with FOG

Fats, Oils and Grease—known collectively as FOG—represent the most serious enemy of our sewer lines. Did you know cooking grease, fats, and oils being poured down drains are a major cause of residential sanitary sewer spills resulting in unsightly, smelly, and costly messes? When FOG is dumped down the drain, it forms large, thick grease balls that clog the pipes. Fats, oil and grease will clog sewer lines (the same way bad cholesterol can clog heart arteries), causing sewage back-ups and flooding. Sewage back ups can damage personal and public property. Drain excess grease or cooking oil into a can, cool and toss. Wipe any leftover grease from the pan with a paper towel and throw the paper towel away. Controlling FOG discharges will help WSACC prevent blockages and sewer lines from overflowing, which cause public health and water quality problems. To report a sanitary sewer overflow, please contact WSACC at 704-788-4164.

Prescription Pills: What’s in Your Water?

Let’s do an experiment. Grab a glass of water, pour some salt into it, mix it up and wait for the salt to dissolve. Now un-dissolve and remove it.

It’s not possible, right? Exactly how do you un-dissolve salt from water once it’s in there? Well, this is the exact problem that wastewater and water treatment plants are having when it comes to removing dissolved prescriptions and over-the counter medications from wastewater and water supplies. These plants are not designed to remove medicines that have been poured down the sink or flushed down the toilet. As a result, they pass through treatment systems and enter rivers and lakes, and ultimately straight to your tap. Which means your next dose of water could be dosed with something else.

So how do we prevent this? Spread the word. Never flush or pour old prescriptions down toilets or sinks—dispose of them in your household trash. To avoid accidental medication poisoning, keep pets and young children out of the bottles by dissolving the pills in water and mixing it with kitty litter or used coffee grounds. Then place it in a secure, lidded container in your trash. Taking these steps helps keep your pipes clear and our water safe!

It’s a Toilet,
Not a Trash Can

Never flush the following items (or put down the garbage disposal or drain). Toss them in the trash instead.

  • Baby/Facial/Cleaning Wipes
  • Tampons
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Medication
  • Hair
  • Dental Floss
  • Cotton Swabs/Ball
  • Bandages
  • Rags and Towels
  • Rubber Items (like latex gloves)
  • Fat, Cooking Oil, Grease
  • Clothing Labels
  • Candy/Food Wrappers
  • Syringes
  • Cigarette Butts
  • Disposable Toilet Brushes
  • Kitty Litter
  • Aquarium Gravel
  • Plastic Items
  • Diapers
  • Fruit Stickers
  • Paper Towels

Only flush the three P’s… pee, poo, and (toilet) paper.

Recycle Items That May Contain Mercury

Mercury is a serious pollutant that greatly affects our environment. It is a bio-accumulative toxin that poses a risk to human health, wildlife, and the environment. Although it naturally occurs in the environment, mercury can be released into the air, water, and soil by human activity

Household Hazardous Waste Facility
246 General Services Drive
Concord, NC
(704) 9203278

Collection Days: First Wednesday (8:00am 4:00 pm) and the Third Saturday (8:00am 1:00pm) each month.

Products That May Contain Mercury:

  • Thermometers (looks like a silvery liquid)
  • Thermostats
  • Bloodpressure cuffs
  • Barometers
  • Fluorescent and highintensity discharge (HID) lamps
  • Mercurochrome
  • Auto switches
  • Float switches
  • Buttoncell batteries
  • Old latex paint (pre1990)
  • Some oilbased paints
  • Old alkaline batteries (pre1996)
  • Old lightup tennis shoes (pre1997 LA gear)
  • Old fungicides for seeds and turf
  • Weight/counterweight in grandfather clocks
  • Any type of battery
  • Other Mercury containing items
Water and Sewer Authority
of Cabarrus County

232 Davidson Highway
Concord, North Carolina  28027

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