Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities

Sewers are designed to take away wastewater from sinks and baths, as well as toilet paper and human waste flushed down the toilet. Many items cause blockages in sewers or damage to the environment by putting trash down the toilet. Just because an item is labeled disposable doesn’t mean it is safe to flush. Instead, bag it and put it in the garbage.

Sewers are not designed to cope with modern disposable products and these items can cause blockages. The drains connecting homes to the main sewer are only big enough to carry water, toilet paper and human waste. They are often no wider than four inches.

Around 75 percent of blockages involve disposable items.

• Flush any human waste down the toilet, but not a wet wipe or baby wipe. The wipe should be well wrapped and disposed of in the trash. Even so-called “flushable” wipes are not safe for the sewage system.

Disposable products, such as cotton balls, condoms and plastics can find their way into the environment if they are flushed down the drain. To prevent damage to the environment, the following items should be disposed of in the ways recommended.

• Razors and blades should be put in a rigid container before placing in the trash.

• Cotton balls, womens’ products, bandages, plastics and dental floss should be put in the garbage along with other household trash.

• Any unwanted or unused medicines should be returned to the local pharmacy for safe disposal. Do not dispose of medicines with other household waste, and remember to keep all medicines out of reach of children.

• Disposing of syringes and needles down the toilet or in household garbage is dangerous and could cause injury to someone. To dispose of syringes and needles safely, contact a local hospital or health authority for advice.

Birthday drawing

Have a child with a birthday in March? Come by the FLFHC office at 220 Hancock Ave. to enter him or her into the monthly birthday drawing. All submissions must be received in the FLFHC office by March 20.

Coloring contest

Children’s coloring contest sheets are available online at www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com and at the FLFHC office at 220 Hancock Ave. Entries must be received by March 20. Contest winners will receive a prize and have their artwork published in the FLFHC newsletter.

Utilities tip

Plan your lighting. Not every room needs the same amount of general light. A good lighting plan can reduce lighting costs and still provide all needed light.

Watch for more community event announcements on Facebook, followed by a One-Call Now e-mail message with event details, and don’t forget to follow FLFHC on Twitter. Visit the FLFHC website at www.ftleavenworthfamilyhousing.com for downloadable forms and other useful information.

Resources for on-post residents

On-post housing residents should contact these resources about housing concerns:

Call 684-5684 or e-mail usarmy.leavenworth.imcom-central.mbx.hso@mail.mil.

• The Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities Management Office, 220 Hancock Ave., is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (913) 682-6300.

• The resident’s military chain of command.

• Garrison Commander’s Office, call 684-2993 or the Commander’s Housing Concern Hotline at 684-3858.

In addition to these resources, residents can attend the monthly community mayors’ forum; attend the quarterly installation stakeholder meetings, a forum for the chain of command to share information and pass on community concerns; or participate in the quarterly Facebook town hall meetings.

• The FLFHC Maintenance Office and Self-Help Store, 800 W. Warehouse Road, phone number is (913) 651-3838. Residents can also submit routine maintenance requests via e-mail at fhcmaint@tmo.com.

• Garrison Housing Oversight Office,call 684-5684 or e-mail usarmy.leavenworth.imcom-central.mbx.hso@mail.mil.

• The resident’s military chain of command.

• Garrison Commander’s Office, call 684-2993 or the Commander’s Housing Concern Hotline at 684-3858.

In addition to these resources, residents can attend the monthly community mayors’ forum; attend the quarterly installation stakeholder meetings, a forum for the chain of command to share information and pass on community concerns; or participate in the quarterly Facebook town hall meetings.

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