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By Natalie Gorsuch
Williamsburg Correspondent 

Authority Urges Customers to Stop Flushing Wipes

 

Provided by Natalie Gorsuch

At the June meeting of the Williamsburg Municipal Authority, Williamsburg Borough Manager Joe Lansberry displayed some of the waste that was recently removed from a malfunctioning grinder pump. The authority's equipment has been experiencing problems with residents flushing products that should not be flushed, such as any kind of baby wipes (even those marked "flushable"), washcloths and netting.

During the June 2 regular meeting of the Williamsburg Municipal Authority, Williamsburg Borough Manager Joe Lansberry brought up to authority members ongoing issues with grinder pumps caused by the flushing of baby wipes and similar materials.

Manager Lanberry said that items such as washcloths, baby wipes, netting and wipes labeled as "flushable" (but which are not flushable) have all been found in the pumps when the problems occur. Pump problems in turn cause other problems at the treatment facility, Lansberry said. These additional costs associated with the pumps and plant operations...



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