Please see the links below for videos detailing the issues caused by flushable wipes
'Flushable' wipes blamed for clogging sewage systems, CBC News 1/16/14
Wipes in the Pipes, NBC Washington, Consumer Watch 5/12/14
EPWPCOA Tour of Susquehanna Water Pollution Control Facility
On November 15, 2013, the final General Meeting and Tour of 2013 was held at the Susquehanna Water Pollution Control Facility, owned by the Lancaster Area Sewer Authority. The plant tour was well attended and the vendor area was so full, that an additional tent needed to be ordered.
The treatment facility is automated by a SCADA system, which also allows the plant to run 8-hours per day unmanned. The wet end of the plant features screening and grit removal at the headworks, three primary clarifiers, a Modified Ludzack Ettinger (MLE) biological nutrient removal system, chemical phosphorus removal, three secondary clarifiers, and sodium hypochlorite for disinfection. Sludge handling and disposal consists of centrifuge dewatering, lime stabilization and beneficial reuse through agricultural utilization. The effluent is discharged into a dry swale that leads to the Susquehanna River.
The Association has toured the LASA plant twice before, once in March of 1986 and the other in May of 2000. Both of these past events were remembered for the rain and cold temperatures, respectively. The 2013 tour will also be remembered for the weather; however, this time for the picture-perfect day!
The meeting was held at the Heritage Hotel on Centerville Road. Opening comments were made by the Chairman of the Lancaster Area Sewer Authority, Barry Smith, who later expressed amazement at the number of vendors and the crowd of people who attended the plant tour. The lunch presentation was a bit unusual in that it did not focus on the typical topics, such as recent plant upgrades or operation of new equipment. The lunch presentation by Scot Fertich and Ed Lyle was called: “LASA, Neighbor to History” and focused on the Authority’s relationship with its neighbors and Susquehanna River heritage. The area has a rich archaeological history from the Native American villages that once populated the river banks and the use of the river as a transportation route for exploration and industrialization.
The Association thanked Ed Lyle and his staff for hosting the tour and for all the hard work and preparation that it took to prepare for this event.
*A special thanks goes to Mike Sassaman for his photography efforts.