Pump pressure loss due to wipes
Ironhouse’s Collections’ crew is constantly out in the streets monitoring the sewer pipes and making sure that there are no leaks or possibilities to sewer overflows. A few weeks ago, the crew noted that a pump station, that helps the flow of wastewater through the sewer pipes, was running a bit slow. That prompted crew members to go and pull the pump to see what was happening.
It was found that wipes, or what the crew calls “rags”, were wadding up in the pump. This required that the crew needed to turn off and bypass the pump station, pull the pump from the ground and clean the wipes out of the pump. This process usually requires taking the pump apart to make sure nothing is still stuck.
This is why the District asks that when using personal wipes, please do not flush them down the toilet. Had the team not been diligent in checking the pumps, this could have turned into a sewer overflow that could have caused a larger mess.
Remember, even if a wipes product says “flushable” it doesn’t always mean it will make it through the system. Please, put wipes in the trash can for proper disposal.