Flushable Wipes Cause Expensive Repairs

Just because the label from the manufacture says the wipes are flushable doesn’t mean they will break down like toilet paper does.

Check out the following television news article from Dallas Texas on flushable wipes.

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/business/Consumer-Reports-Are-Flushable-Wipes-Flushable-237585911.html

Not only is this a problem in Texas we are also dealing with the same problem here in Dover Pennsylvania! The following photos were taken at our waste water facility. Work is taking place now to remove the built-up accumulation of material wrapped around the mixers. Feel free to stop by and witness the work taking place!

Anoxic Zone mixer with rag accumulation impacting the anti-vortex baffle. Note the smooth material where it rubs, deflecting the mixer shaft.

Photo 1 – Anoxic Zone mixer with rag accumulation impacting the anti-vortex baffle. Note the smooth material where it rubs, deflecting the mixer shaft.

Photo 2 – Close up of rag material hanging on mixer shaft.

Photo 2 – Close up of rag material hanging on mixer shaft.

Photo 3 – Material on impeller blades create an unbalanced condition that leads to destructive vibration through gearbox and motor.

Photo 3 – Material on impeller blades create an unbalanced condition that leads to destructive vibration through gearbox and motor.

Photo 4 – Aaron standing next to mixer shaft parts to provide you an idea as to how big the equipment is.

Photo 4 – Aaron standing next to mixer shaft parts to provide you an idea as to how big the equipment is.

Photo 5 – Splitter box near Clarifier with rag material. Strands of material collect on gate stems, building up until flow is completely blocked.

Photo 5 – Splitter box near Clarifier with rag material. Strands of material collect on gate stems, building up until flow is completely blocked.