Wet Wipes are hard on Sewer Systems

“WIPES AND TAMPONS ARE CREATING HAVOC IN OUR SEWER LINE LIFT STATIONS”
Wipes labeled “flushable”, – including baby wipes, cleaning wipes and personal wipes have been the subject of concern among public works departments across the nation. Just because it makes it down, doesn’t mean it’s going to DISSOLVE. This causes additional expense for the Sewer District. They can get caught in private service lines as well and cause problems for YOU, the homeowner.

IF IT MAKES it through the entire system it will cause problems at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

These items plug pumps and the resulting fibers will wrap around impellers or shafts causing failures. The District HAS experienced the wipes so tightly wound around the impellers on one of our pumps; it bent the impeller and required us to purchase a new pump at a cost of $5378; there are 56 pumps within the District.

EVERYONE SHOULD STICK TO ONLY flushing Toilet Paper’

“When it says flushable, rule of thumb is to toss it in the trash.” NOW, MARKETING IS TAKING OFF “FLUSHABLE” FROM MANY PRODUCTS AND SAYING TO TOSS IN WASTEBASKET AND EVEN A PICTURE OF A WASTEBASKET IS SHOWING UP ON VARIOUS WIPE CONTAINERS.

‘Clogging your sewer System Is a Serious AND
$$ COSTLY $$ issue’

Picture of pump before. pump after being taken apart.
You can see the tampon strings hanging.

THANK YOU,

GARRISON KATHIO WEST MILLE LACS LAKE SANITARY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS

March, 2017

Would you like to save yourself some time, money and work, while helping the environment at the same time? Here is how to do that in fifteen minutes or less.
Most homes in the Mille Lacs Lake area have water softeners. That is simply a fact of life in this region of ‘liquid rock’ hard water, but it is critical that water softeners be adjusted properly.

Please make sure that your water softener is adjusted properly.
• If you have monthly service for your softener, request that the hardness of your water be checked, and that the softener be correctly adjusted.
• If you own your own softener please check to see that it is properly adjusted.

If you don’t know how to adjust your softener, one call to the manufacturer will help you get it done very quickly. Most modern softeners can be adjusted to recharge only when needed. They use a meter to measure the amount of flow. Sometimes this is called ‘on demand’ softening. Please be sure that your softener is set to the meter or /on demand option. Most manufacturers will quickly and easily walk you through the steps to properly set up the softener. Look for a label on your softener with a toll-free number, or look up the number on the internet.

Just because your softener has an option to regenerate on demand does not mean that it is set to this option. If you hear your softener regenerating every night or every few days at the same time, it is not set to the meter option.

Some older models can only be set to regenerate after a specific length of time. If you are seasonal or only use your places occasionally, make sure the softener is disabled while you are gone for long periods of time.

SO HOW DOES THIS SAVE MONEY? A properly adjusted water softener saves money because it will use much less salt, and you will be buying far less salt.

HOW DOES THIS SAVE WORK? It also saves a lot of work of not having to go back to the store to buy the salt as often. Those bags are heavy.

HOW DOES THIS SAVE THE ENVIROMENT? A properly adjusted softener reduces the amount of chloride (from the salt) that is released into the wastewater. Chloride in the wastewater is nearly impossible to remove once it gets into the water. Over time it can accumulate and do damage to the environment. THE DISTRICT WILL EVENTUALLY BE FINED IF CHLORIDE NUMBERS DO NOT GO UNDER 250mg/l.
HOW DOES THIS SAVE TIME? Calling the company to have them walk you through the steps of adjusting your softener will be quick and efficient. A properly adjusted softener will save you time by reducing the need for trips to the store to buy salt.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF SALT RELEASED INTO THE WASTEWATER. GKWMLL SANITARY SEWER DISTRICT