With the season's heavy snowfall, warmer temperatures anticipated and possible rainfall, we urge you to uncover and clear catch basins, yard drains, drainage structures or detention pond outlets affecting your property.
Popular bathroom wipes blamed for clogs, backups in sewers
Published September 23, 2013 | Associated Press
BEMUS POINT, N.Y. –
Increasingly popular bathroom wipes — pre-moistened towelettes that are
often advertised as flushable — are being blamed for creating clogs and backups
in sewer systems around the nation.
Wastewater authorities say wipes may go down the toilet, but
even many labeled flushable aren't breaking down as they course through the
sewer system. That's costing some municipalities millions of dollars to
dispatch crews to unclog pipes and pumps and to replace and upgrade machinery.
The problem got so bad in this western New York community
this summer that sewer officials set up traps — basket strainers in sections of
pipe leading to an oft-clogged pump — to figure out which households the wipes
were coming from. They mailed letters and then pleaded in person for residents
to stop flushing them.
"We could walk right up, knock on the door and say,
'Listen, this problem is coming right from your house,'" said Tom Walsh,
senior project coordinator at South & Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer
Districts, which was dispatching crews at least once a week to clear a grinder
pump that would seize up trying to shred the fibrous wipes.
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies, which
represents 300 wastewater agencies, says it has been hearing complaints about
wipes from sewer systems big and small for about the last four years.
That roughly coincides with the ramped-up marketing of the
"flushable cleansing cloths" as a cleaner, fresher option than dry
toilet paper alone. A trade group says wipes are a $6 billion-a-year industry,
with sales of consumer wipes increasing nearly 5 percent a year since 2007 and
expected to grow at a rate of 6 percent annually for the next five years.
One popular brand, Cottonelle, has a campaign called
"Let's talk about your bum" and ads showing people trying to wash
their hair with no water. It ends with the tagline: "You can't clean your
hair without water, so why clean your bum that way?"
Manufacturers insist wipes labeled flushable aren't the
problem, pointing instead to baby and other cleaning wipes marked as
nonflushable that are often being used by adults.
"My team regularly goes sewer diving" to analyze
what's causing problems, said Trina McCormick, a senior manager at
Kimberly-Clark Corp., maker of Cottonelle. "We've seen the majority, 90
percent in fact, are items that are not supposed to be flushed, like paper
towels, feminine products or baby wipes."
Wastewater officials agree that wipes, many of which are
made from plastic, aren't the only culprits but say their problems have
escalated with the wipes market.
Vancouver, Wash., sewer officials say wipes labeled as
flushable are a big part of a problem that has caused that city to spend more
than $1 million in the last five years replacing three large sewage pumps and
eight smaller ones that were routinely clogging.
To prove their point, they dyed several kinds of wipes and
sent them through the sewer for a mile to see how they would break up. They
didn't. Those labeled flushable, engineer Frank Dick said, had "a little
rips and tears but still they were intact."
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which serves
Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland, has also spent more than
$1 million over five years installing heavy-duty grinders, while the Orange
County, Calif., Sanitation District, in a single year recorded 971
"de-ragging" maintenance calls on 10 pump stations at a cost of
Clogging problems in Waukesha, Wis., prompted the sewer
authority there to create a "Keep Wipes out of Pipes" flier. And
Ocean City, Md., and Sitka, Alaska, are among cities that have also publicly
asked residents not to flush wipes, regardless of whether they are labeled
The problem got worldwide attention in July when London
sewer officials reported removing a 15-ton "bus-sized lump" of
wrongly flushed grease and wet wipes, dubbed the "fatberg."
The complaints have prompted a renewed look at solving the
The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, the trade
group known as INDA, recently revised voluntary guidelines and specified seven
tests for manufacturers to use to determine which wipes to call flushable. It
also recommends a universal do-not-flush logo — a crossed-out stick figure and
toilet — be prominently displayed on non-dispersible products.
The wastewater industry would prefer mandatory guidelines
and a say in what's included but supports the INDA initiatives as a start.
Three major wastewater associations issued a joint statement with INDA last
week to signal a desire to reach a consensus on flushability standards.
"If I'm doing the test, I'm going to throw a wipe in a
bucket of water and say it has to disintegrate," said Rob Villee,
executive director of the Plainfield Area Regional Sewage Authority in New
Nicholas Arhontes, director of facilities support services
in Orange County, Calif., has an even simpler rule for what should go down the
"Only flush pee, poop and toilet paper," he said,
"because those are the only things that sanitary sewers were really
designed for in the old days."
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Where you may be passably familiar with the Dewey Decimal system, chances are your kids and grand-kids know the library materials classification system well. This system has been around since the late 1870's; however the number of organizations using it is getting slimmer by the year. Bookstores, online search engines, even grocery stores are now being organized by category, not a string of numbers.
So, in an effort to make finding what they need as simple as possible for patrons, a number of U.S. Libraries - including Kent District Library - are aligning themselves with the "search by subject" method, or
Search by subject is called BISAC, Book Industry Standards and Communications. By the end of the year, all eighteen (18) branches of the Kent District Library will be organized according to this system. Eight (8) branches have already made the switch.
What does this mean? Perhaps you're planning a wedding. Instead of finding information all over the library ~ wedding cakes in 641.8653, flower arrangements in 745.926, wedding planning in 395.2 ~ anything to do with weddings will now be in the Weddings Section. ONE STOP READING!
Here's another example: During the school year librarians everywhere are inundated with requests from students to help them find someone famous to write a report about. Before BISAC, biographies could be found in multiple areas of the library, entertainment, sports, literature, politics, and more. With BISAC, "Biography" is its own enormous section; encouraging browsing and making it easier to find an interesting subject. Who knows, maybe something totally unexpected will peak your interest.
"Bottom line is it makes searching easier for patrons", said Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, KDL's Assistant Director.
Gaines Charter Township is proud to have, on permanent loan, a wonderful butterfly collection from the family of the late Earl Hoke (1915-1997). Mr. Hoke was a naturalist with a desire to share his knowledge with all around him. His interests and talents were many, but butterflies became his passion. It is an extreme honor for the Township and Mr. Hoke's family to be able to share this collection with the residents of Gaines Charter Township, the place where Earl and his wife, Ethel made their home for over 58 years.
The collection is open for viewing during normal Township operation hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Please contact Kim at 616-698-6640 or via email if you have any questions.