The Village homeowners will definitely go over budget in the “waste” department this year. You can help eliminate this problem if you know the items that will cause problems if they end up in the sewer system. Incidentally, these same items affect every sewer system, not just the one in the Village. The sewer at your primary residence is more than likely operated by a large city and they have given up on educating people about things that shouldn’t be flushed. They just keep raising your taxes to pay for the repairs. The Board keeps behaving like a nagging mother because we don’t want to raise dues to cover the enormous cost of ruined pumps. We have had to replace two so far this season and it’s early.
The optimal number of pumps is three. One went down in late May so we were limping along with two until we could get one built. The new one was due to be delivered the week of July 11th. However, on July 8th another pump bit the dust. This put the Village in a very precarious position. We contemplated bringing in outhouses. However, a board member made a quick turn-around trip to Tucson to fetch the new pump and all was well. But it was a close call.
We have had discussions with engineers in search of cost-effective long term solutions. There may be cause for optimism, but in the meantime, we are forced to rely on the cooperation and help of the residents.
For some reason, people have the impression that if it will fit through the sink or toilet plumbing, it’s good to go; a version of out-of-sight, out-of-mind. You all know what you can do to help alleviate this problem but let’s go over it again. This is being posted here so you can find it easily next time you have a question. But before you review the list, take a moment to watch “Adam Ruins Everything – Why Flushable Wipes Aren’t Flushable” on YouTube.
Following is a partial list of items that should NEVER be flushed down a toilet (or sink, for that matter):
- Baby wipes
- Bandages of any kind
- Cat litter
- Cloth of any kind
- Clothes dryer sheets
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Dental floss
- Disposable wipes
- Facial tissues
- Grease, oil, petroleum products
- Medical needles and/or syringes – disposable or otherwise
- Paper towels
- Panty liners
- Plastic bags or any plastic items
- Sanitary napkins, tampons
- Trash and scrap
- Underpants– cloth or disposable
If you limit input to toilet paper and the material for which the toilet was designed, life will be better for us all.