Flushable Wipes Cause Expensive Repairs
Flushable means that the item will go down the drain, it does not mean it is good for the system. These items cause expensive maintenance issues. We merely want our users to be aware that there are consequences to using products like these and think before they do so.
Check out the following television news article from Dallas Texas on flushable wipes.
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!
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 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 5 – Splitter box near Clarifier with rag material. Strands of material collect on gate stems, building up until flow is completely blocked.