cleaning a sink drain with ammonia bad for the environment?

assume this is a city sewage system

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    Ammonia is a source of nitrogen, and can break down. However, too much of it can harm the environment. In waterways, it can lead to eutrophication. Eutrophication happens when microorganisms break down ammonia (or other nitrogen compounds) and consume all of the dissolved oxygen from the water in the process. In city sewage systems, the water is usually churned to add more oxygen so that the microorganisms can break down all the waste in the water. So, it should be OK as long as the water is going straight to a water treatment plant and not into a natural body of water.

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