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14
Mar

Flushable Wipes

Just because something is “flushable”, doesn’t mean it should be disposed of down a toilet!

Disposable wipes – have become the scourge of residential and municipal sewer systems around the world. Flushing disposable wipes into the sewer network can cause regular clogging problems in pipework and at pump stations, resulting in costly maintenance and downtime. Particular problems can be encountered at hospitals, nursing homes, schools, Halls of residence, auto repair shops and prisons. The issues are as follows:

Wipes may be labelled “flushable,” but they don’t degrade in the sewerage system.

Our sewer systems and treatment plants were not designed to handle wipes. They block sewage pipework, (particularly when fats, oils and greases are also present), clog pipes & pumps, and cost both water companies and private companies thousands a year in additional maintenance costs.

The UK government and water companies are working with disposable wipe manufacturers to relabel the products as Non- flushable and for the future to reformulate their products.

In the meantime, Smith & Loveless’ new EVERLAST™ Pump Station is less prone to ‘ragging’ and is specifically designed to eliminate clogging problems, particularly for applications with high volumes of consumer flushables. Fitted with Smith & Loveless’ X-PELLER® impeller, the EVERLAST™ works well even in low flow conditions and extreme clogging applications.

In numerous field tests it has been successfully proven that the X-PELLER® effectively expels high volumes of consumer flushables, including wipes, rags and other stringy materials, because of its mono-port design, eliminating the need to tear apart a pump, to unbind the impeller.

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