SONORA, CA: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), studies have
shown that pharmaceuticals and other chemicals substances – such as fragrances and
cosmetics – may be present in some of our nation’s water bodies and wastewater treatment facilities. The drugs that we take are not entirely absorbed by our bodies, and may be excreted and passed into wastewater systems. “Unfortunately, many residents are not sure how to dispose of old prescription pills that are in their medicine cabinets. And flushing them down the toilet is not recommended and can harm the environment,” states TUD Wastewater Superintendent, David Boatright. “If customers could get in the habit of proper disposal of their prescription medication it ultimately could save the District thousands of dollars in the future when regulations become more stringent on the removal from both wastewater and drinking water,” continues Boatright.
Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) recommends disposing of prescription drugs in a safe and secure way and is proud to help promote the upcoming National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days, sponsored by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department and the YES Partnership. Tuolumne County Take-Back Days being held Friday and Saturday, April 27-28 from 10-2 at the Junction Shopping Center offers a safe and confidential way for members of the community to properly dispose of unused or expired medication.
The Tuolumne Utilities District currently serves over 44,000 Tuolumne County residents. The District currently owns and operates 14 water treatment plants, 71 treated water storage tanks, two wastewater treatment plants, approximately 57 miles of open ditches, 157 miles of sewer collection pipe and 330 miles of treated water pipeline.