Patty Potty Reporting for Duty

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There’s a new spokesperson in Texas and she goes by the name of Patty Potty! She uses a creative and eye-catching approach to tell Texas households what they should do with a wipes after they’re done using it. Answer – trash it.

Tackling potty talk with a plunger in hand, she is here to re-educate and spread awareness that wipes are not “flushable” although sometimes contrary to the product the label. With slogans like “no wipes in the pipes!”, this lovable pink and retro housewife plunges at the growing sewer issues – one wipe at a time.

“Trash ’em don’t flush ’em!,” says Patty. ” There is nothing wrong with these products… the problem is how people displose of them. Flush only the 3 P’s! Pee, poo and (toilet) paper.”

Read her Full Story here>>

 

NYC Council Considers Banning Wipes, Issuing $5K Fines for False Advertising

Two New York City Council members are proposing an ordinance that would ban false advertising on flushable wipes. It would also issue a fine for any wipes product that falsely claims it is “flushable.” The City is spending $3 million alone at the Newton Creek resource recovery facility just to remove wipes from the wastewater.

“Consumers are thinking they’re doing something that’s not wrong, or not causing any harm by letting the non-flushable wipes go down the toilet,” said Counncilmember Antonio Reynoso of Brooklyn. “They wouldn’t be able to label things that are not flushable, flushable.”

Continue reading on CBS New York >

NYT: The New York City Sewer System Says Don’t Flush Wipes!

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Photo credit to: New York Times

The New York Times had an article today on the damage “flushable” wipes have caused the city.

“The dank clusters, graying and impenetrable, gain mass like demon snowballs as they travel. Pumps clog. Gears falter. Then, there is the final blow, wrought by an intake of sewage that overwhelmed a portion of a north Brooklyn treatment plant.”

The most telling piece of evidence thus far is the $18 million dollars in repair or replacement costs associated with equipment damaged by sewer debris. According to the New York Times,

“The volume of materials extracted from screening machines at the city’s wastewater treatment plants has more than doubled since 2008, an increase attributed largely to the wipes.”

Continue reading the article >

Monster Grinder cuts $78,000 from energy costs

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Built in 1977, the Santa Margarita reclaimed water facility was initially intended to provide water for landscape irrigation in the district. During a typical 12-month period today, the facility brings in 680 million gallons of sewage and sends out 620 gallons of reclaimed water. But starting in about 2012, the pumps would begin to lose efficiency as the wipes loading increased. All Pumps, including standbys would have to run to maintain plant production. Once they reached 60 Hz the plant would need to shut down to derag the pumps.

“This upgrade cost significantly less than purchasing a whole new set of pumps,” says Ron Johnson, facilities supervisor for the SMWD facility.

Learn why Johnson agrees with most when he says,”Our choice to go with a new Channel Monster, to me, is priceless.” Read the full case study here.

JWC Sponsors Seminars About Wipes in California and Ontario, Canada

What 2 Flush Summit

JWC is proud to support two important regional meetings focused on what people flush (and what they shouldn’t flush!).

  • May 1 – What 2 Flush Summit, San Diego This event is hosted by the California Water Environment Association and the California Association of Sanitation Agencies and features two separate panels of nationally recognized experts. The first panel will focus on the latest technologies, research and updates about nondispersible wipes. The second panel will focus on public outreach campaigns related to no drugs down the drain.
    JWC is proud to sponsor the Summit with our representative MISCOwater and will have a table top booth to demonstrate the latest Wipes Ready Muffin Monster grinders.
  • May 5 – Toilets Are Not Garbage Cans, London, ON Hosted by the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association this workshop will cover the nondispersible wipes issue. The panelists will also provide an update on their efforts to establish an ISO standard for items flushed down the toilet. JWC is proud to sponsor this event with our distributor Envirocan based in Ontario. We will also have a table top booth at this event.

NACWA Announces Positive Results from Product Stewardship Meeting

On April Fools Day of all days, NACWA announced on their blog the first meeting of the NACWA, WEF, CWWA and INDA Product Stewardship Initiative was generally positive. The associations are working together on new flushability guidelines for flushable wipes makers but at this meeting wanted to talk about the bigger issues of product labeling and customer education.

All parties involved in both projects seem willing and eager to tackle this problem, and we have seen successful voluntary actions taken by many of these same companies on problems such as plastic microbeads.  With the media’s continued interest in the problem, the pressure will be on the wipes industry to make their voluntary successful.

Continue reading on NACWA’s blog

Hairs the Thing: JWC Research Article on Sewer Rag Balls is Published in WE&T Magazine

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JWC’s R&D engineers spent the summer of 2014 mixing rags, hair and greases inside our large demonstration pump station at our Santa Ana manufacturing site. The results of how wipes weave together was amazing.

Inside the pond, the team added a preset amount of hair to the ground material to recreate what is found typically in wastewater. In later tests, grease also was added. However, the team discovered hair is the key catalyst for promoting long strips to knit together and create stronger debris balls. The team also discovered any long strips would congregate in corners of the swirling pond and — once a catch point was added — start to knit together with hair to form a rag ball.

The article was featured in the March 2015 edition of WE&T.

Click here to read the article >

Melbourne, Australia Water Agency Removing 8,000 Pounds of Wipes Every Two Weeks

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The Age of Australia reports on the Yabbara Valley Water districts ongoing struggles with wipes and rags clogging up their system. The District recently installed grinders to help deal with the problem and relieve their maintenance staff of the dangerous and time consuming job of deragging sewer pumps by hand.

Pat McCafferty, managing director for Yarra Valley Water told The Age:

More than 4000 kilograms of wet wipes were removed from the retailer’s network every fortnight. Some blockages could cost up to $1000 to clear and that Yarra Valley Water was forced to invest in new technology that “munched” the wipes to help avoid blockages. He said the problem was costing Yarra Valley Water about $70,000 a year.

Continue reading on The Age >

New 10K Series Muffin Monster

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New 10K Muffin Monster® sewage grinder from JWC Environmental packs tough grinding power in a compact package

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2015)The new 10K Series Muffin Monster® from JWC Environmental combines superior waste grinding capabilities in a compact, easy-to-install unit that’s perfectly suited to a variety of wastewater grinding applications. This newest addition to the hard-working family of Muffin Monster grinders is available in pipeline, open channel and pump station configurations that pack big power in a small package.

The 10K Series Muffin Monster® incorporates the same benefits of the larger Monster units, including low-speed operation with high torque and less interrupts. The dual-shaft design actively pulls material into and through the hardened steel cutters, so the grinder can handle a wider variety of debris compared to single-shaft macerators and grinders.

To shred sewer-clogging solids commonly found in waste streams, the 10K Series comes equipped with both top and bottom bearings that prevent shaft deflection. This robust design feature not found in lesser grinders or macerators ensures the longevity of the product and drastically reduces maintenance costs, downtime and operator inconvenience. The smaller particles produced by the 10K units also pass more easily through downstream pumps and pipelines.

The 10K open channel Muffin Monster is an ideal, low-cost solution for smaller wet wells located in facilities such as office buildings, apartment complexes, resorts, retail centers and package treatment plants. Custom stainless steel support frames allow for installation directly at the inlet sewage line on the wall of a pump station or into an existing channel.

The 10K in-line Muffin Monster is ideally suited for protecting sludge pumps, sentive centrifuges, samplers or heat exchangers in resource recovery facilites.  The 2 or 3 hp (1.5 or 2.2 kW) motors provide all the cutting force required to shred tough solids.  Its efficient dual-shafted grinding technolology will not get clogged by wipes or other non-dispersables as is common with high speed macerators.  For added versatility and performance, the 10K Series units are available with 7-, 11- or 13-tooth cutter combinations to fit individual customer applications.

JWC is committed to providing dynamic, reliable products to further combat wipes and other non-dispersibles in the waste stream, and the 10K Series is another addition to the industry-leading Muffin Monster lineup.

Read more about this product Here.

Or, request a quote here

How to Teach Folks What to Flush? How About a Cartoon

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The City of Camrose in Canada has come-up with a unique way to teach people what is okay and what is not okay to flush – a cartoon poo race. The illustrated comic strip describes the adventures of several poos racing to the resource recovery plant and all the obstacles they run into along the way – hair, plastics, wipes and other stuff that get’s in their way.

Check out The Epic Poo Race here >

 

Success Story: Red Rock Amphitheater Rocks-on With Monster Sewer Grinder

A Muffin Monster located in an underground vault near Red Rock Amphitheater.

A Muffin Monster is located in an underground vault near Red Rock Amphitheater. (Photo by Kevin Bates)

Water & Waste Processing Magazine recently featured our story about the Muffin Monster sewage grinder at Red Rock Amphitheater in Colorado.

Jeff Brewer is facility maintenance technician at Red Rocks Park…

“We were getting huge amounts of clothing, rocks, wipes and rags blocking up our drum grinders on a daily basis,” Brewer says. Along with being labor intensive, the process is both miserable and unsafe. “The vaults are very compact and the odor is terrible,” says Brewer. “I would have to unwrap the rags that got tangled up in the aerators and the impellers, and the cleaning process took about three hours from start to finish.”

Yuck! Glad we could solve those challenges easily with a Muffin Monster.

Continue reading the story >

‘What Does Flushable Really Mean?’ NACWA Says New Standards Might be Drafted by 2016

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies added a blog post on Dec 3rd describing the attributes of toilet paper that make it compatible with the sewer system and stating anything that is going to be labeled flushable needs to meet those same standards.

In order for both wastewater system operators and wipes manufacturers to agree on a definition of what is “flushable” they will need to work together on developing tests that will prove the product breaks apart like toilet paper.

There are no clear answers to these questions yet, but the wastewater industry will be working with the nonwoven fabrics industry starting next year, with the goal of completing new flushability guidelines expected in mid-2016. There is also an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) workgroup that is currently developing technical specifications for flushable products.

NACWA’s post seems to indicate the wastewater groups and wipes manufacturers will continue working together in order to develop the standardized tests and guidelines for flushability.

NACWA warns however, until wipes makers meet the TP standard, the wastewater community is going to continue to preach the 3PS – pee, poo and toilet paper.

Two interesting standards NACWA lays out in their post – the wipe must break apart in 60 minutes or less and the wipe must not be buoyant. Okay wipes makers – let’s get innovating and produce a sewer and septic safe product!

Read NACWA’s Dec 6th blog post >

 

Sept 9th – Dr. Oz Talked Flushable Wipes on His National Talk Show

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Dr. Oz asks – what should you flush? Be sure to read the label.

Dr. Oz talked flushable wipes during his Tuesday, Sept 9th talk show. He took a tour of a New York City wastewater treatment plant and saw the problem of clogged sewer systems up close. He warned people to look before you flush – those wipes might not be as flushable as you think.

NACWA’s Cynthia Finley was also one of Dr. Oz’s guests and described the importance of only flushing the 3Ps – pee, poo and toilet paper. Toilets are not trash cans Ms. Finley reminded the audience.

Dr. Oz recommended using a spray bottle on toilet paper to create a wet wipe. Or perhaps the new Wipe Aide toilet paper moistener?

Is Dr. Oz changing his habits when it comes to using flushable wipes?  Seems like he might be switching back to T.P. after Tuesday’s episode.  Here is a description from a 2011 Dr. Oz show where he took viewers on a tour of his dressing room…

Instead of toilet paper, Dr. Oz likes to use flushable baby wipes with soothing aloe and Vitamin E. The wipes are soothing and help him feel healthier by not causing abrasion to the tender skin of the backside.

Wipes maker Kimberly Clark had their own view on the problem of wipes in sewer pipes and issued a statement.

Canada Takes the Lead in Developing ISO Standard for Flushable Products

Canadian wastewater professional Barry Orr is one of the leaders of a work group proposing new ISO standards for flushable products. (picture from the Canadian Press)

Canadian wastewater professional Barry Orr is one of the leaders of a work group proposing new ISO standards for flushable products. He’s shown here with a mass of debris removed from a sewer pump station. (picture from the Canadian Press)

The Canadian Press wire service is reporting Canadian wastewater professionals are taking the lead in forming a work group with the International Standards Organization (ISO) in order to develop new flushability standards. The wastewater group, known as Municipal Enforcement Sewer Use Group (MESUG), hopes the new standards will help cut down on the amount of nondispersible debris clogging sewer systems around the world.

MESUG submitted the request for a new ISO  standard in January and in May the ISO Board approved their request to move forward. The process of developing an ISO standard typically takes 3-5 years, but the group hopes to complete the process in 2-3  years.

“Canada is at the forefront in addressing the flushability of these products. We’re leading the ISO, and we’re working with nations across the globe to make improvements. The toilet is not a garbage can. The consumers need to know that it can damage their own systems and it can damage the municipality’s systems, too.” – Barry Orr, MESUG Canada

Continue reading the article on The Telegram’s website >

WEFTEC 2014: New Monsters, New Solutions – There is a Better Way to Fight Wipes

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JWC Environmental
WEFTEC Booth 4729
New Orleans
September 29 – October 1

This year JWC is heading to WEFTEC in New Orleans with several new Monster solutions to help collection system managers and treatment plant managers deal with the exploding problem of wipes and debris getting flushed down the drain. There is a better way. Protect your pumps and protect your people with JWC’s new wipes ready Monster grinders.

The problems caused by wipes and debris are astounding: across the country hundreds of millions of dollars in damage; sewer pumps clogging daily in some towns; and the wipes market may keep growing by 16% per year. The problem is only getting worse.

Stop by JWC’s booth #4729 to learn about:

  1. How sewage is changing
  2. JWC’s strategy for fighting wipes – Capture. Cut. Remove.
  3. Optimized Cut Control* helps sewer pumps run reliably 24/7
  4. Our Delta-P* system makes Monster grinders more efficient and effective
  5. JWC’s support of wipes public outreach and research – what’s happening in the industry!
  6. Do you have questions about wipes? Click here to ask a JWC Expert.

JWC Monsters on display:

  1. Macho Monster 40002 live grinder demonstration
  2. Channel Monster pump station grinder with new wipes ready cutters
  3. Muffin Monster in-line sludge grinders
  4. Come see the unveiling of our newest, most efficient Monster grinder

JWC’s knowledgeable sales managers will be on-hand to walk you step-by-step through our plan for dealing with wipes so they don’t clog your pump stations and treatment plant. Come see the strongest Monster grinders on the planet – ready to take a bite out of wipes and solve your town’s sewer crisis once and for all.

JWC's What Was That!? Contest

Plus stop by JWC’s booth #4729 to enter our What Was That!? Contest.
Make the correct matches of ground-up, sewer clogging debris and you could win a $400 Amazon gift card

See you in New Orleans!

*Patent pending technologies

Wipes 101

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We’ve all been guilty of flushing those cleverly advertised “flushable wipes” or pre-moistened “personal” wipes down the toilet. What we are failing to realize is that they are creating havoc for our local pump stations in the form rags. This build-up isn’t pretty…

Aging Waste Water Treatment Plant facilities have struggled for years with the problem of “ragging” with no viable solution for those personal wipes, paper towels and other items not designed for flushing but forcibly advertised as so. Wipes and other products do not disintegrate into the water fast enough to pass without strangling pumps.

We all know what happens when sewer lines are broken and backed up. That brown, foul smelling water and sludge enters our homes and destroys our floors and belongings. Take the time to throw those wipes in the trash where they can be properly disposed of. In the mean time JWC Environmental offers a number of flushable wipes and ragging solutions. Make sure to take a look around the site.

In the mean time, make sure to check out some the related flushable wipes stories below:

Washington Post – “Flushable” Personal Wipes Clogging Sewer Systems

USA TodayWipes in the Pipes Snarling Sewers

KSL.comPopular Bathroom Wipes Blamed for Sewer Clogs

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VIDEO – WUSA9 –Too Many Flushable Wipes in Pipes