Can toilets cause water pollution?



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    When used properly, toilets cause little to no water pollution, especially if the water treatment system is good.  However, they can become a polluter if you flush harmful substances down it.  Flushing things such as medicines, paints, oils and other harmful substances down the toilet – these can all seep into water supplies and can’t be filtered out through waste management nearly as well.

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    As long as the sewage is treated effectively, most toilets pose no harm to the environment.  Exceptions would be if plumbing pipes broke or leaked (such as during a flood), in which case raw sewage could run into natural water systems such as rivers and oceans.  Another scenario would be if the treatment plant itself failed, causing partially treated sewage to enter the environment or the water table.

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