New York Town Tackles Clogs with Grinder Upgrade

The wastewater treatment plant in picturesque Cobleskill, N.Y., was unable to process the wastewater generated by the town's 4,678 year-round residents. The buildup of plastics, rags, trash wrappings and other debris was regularly clogging the system, necessitating frequent cleanings.

The Challenge

Flushable: A Subjective Term

Each day, the Northline Lift Station in Laguna Woods, Calif., transports sewage generated by 33,000 domestic users to The El Toro Water District Water Recycling Plant. The wastewater treatment facility serves five cities and is one of the oldest water recycling plants in Orange County. The district has successfully kept pace with the water demands of a growing population through an innovative combination of process technologies and enhancements that promote conservation and recycling.

Screen & Grind Success

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First Line of Defense for Prison Effluent

For years, Graterford Prison, a maximum-security facility in Pennsylvania, experienced continuous problems with their wastewater system. Their antiquated equipment consisted of bar screens, grinders and comminutors, which were frequently overwhelmed by the sewage generated daily by 3,600 inmates.

Pump-jamming At Correctional Facility

Inmates in correctional institutions apparently had found a new diversion. By flushing oversized items down their toilets, they had either accidentally or purposefully caused the facility's wastewater to back up. Often the goal was to gain extra time out of cell. By flooding their cell or cell block, they had forced the facility to move them during the cleanup period. And these misdeeds often had been rewarding - that is, until recently.

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