"Flushable" wipes cause problems at water treatment plants

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ᐸpᐳSPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Wipes marked as “flushable” have turn out to be an growing drawback for water treatment plants throughout the nation and it’s no totally different right here, in Springfield.  ᐸ/pᐳ
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ᐸpᐳOzarksFirst acquired up-close and private with the wipes at the tip of their journey at Springfield’s Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant.  ᐸ/pᐳ
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ᐸpᐳThis is the place the “flushable” wipes find yourself: ᐸ/pᐳ
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ᐸpᐳ”This is probably what’s accumulated today,” said Springfield’s Clean Water Services Superintendent, Brian Wirth. “We’re not really set up to deal with these wipes. These wipes do not break down like toilet paper does, so they end up somewhere. It’s more like flushing a handkerchief or a piece of cloth down the drain.” ᐸ/pᐳ
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ᐸpᐳWirth estimates the plant collects hundreds of wipes a day. ᐸ/pᐳ
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ᐸpᐳWhile the wipes might make it by way of your plumbing system at dwelling, they’ll accumulate and create clogs when heading to the treatment plant.  ᐸ/pᐳ
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ᐸpᐳ”At the plant, obviously, we try to screen it out, grind them up, but it can still create issues here, at the plant. It’s becoming a bigger problem because the use has gone up in the last ten years or so.” ᐸ/pᐳ
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ᐸpᐳThe “flushable” wipes can get caught in valves or pumps. ᐸ/pᐳ
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ᐸpᐳ”If there’s a clogged pump, it doesn’t happen on a schedule. It typically happens in the middle of the night or on the weekend,” Wirth said. “Somebody has to go out. They have to get in there, pull the pump out, pull the pump apart, remove the clog and either repair the pump or if it’s damaged, replace it.” ᐸ/pᐳ
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ᐸpᐳThese clogs and repairs price cash.  ᐸ/pᐳ
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ᐸpᐳ”I do not know that we have tallied up what it prices us however, if I’m simply guessing, it is in all probability on the order of a pair hundred thousand {dollars},” stated Wirth. “So, cost is an issue.” ᐸ/pᐳ
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ᐸpᐳIt’s not simply Springfield that’s experiencing the difficulty. Ozark can also be sharing its wipe woes.  ᐸ/pᐳ
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ᐸpᐳ“The main message is they don’t belong down the drain,” Wirth stated. “They ought to go within the trash.” ᐸ/pᐳ
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ᐸpᐳAll of the wipes collected at the Springfield Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant is distributed to the landfill. If you’re going to make use of the wipes, he suggests simply throwing them away. That method, they find yourself within the landfill with out clogging pumps or valves.  ᐸ/pᐳ
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ᐸpᐳIf you’re fearful about creating extra waste, you’ll be able to all the time use rest room paper.  ᐸ/pᐳ
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