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Weird stuff getting flushed in Snoqualmie neighborhood
Mop heads, baby wipes dont belong down the drain
The city of Snoqualmies Public Works Department has been getting to the bottom of some gross and puzzling problems recently in the sewer pipes of Snoqualmie Ridge.
In recent weeks, the city has responded several times to fix clogs in the Ridge sewer pumps. Someones been flushing things they shouldnt have been: tough paper baby wipes and full cotton mop heads.
Public works employees have already pulled about five mop heads out of the pipes, and will be sending out a mailer and possibly going door to door to make sure Ridge residents are only flushing what theyre supposed to.
It blows us away, said Snoqualmie Public Works Director Kirk Holmes, who said public works crews arent sure why the clogs keep occuring. Holmes speculated that perhaps a young child is flushing the items, but hes stumped as to how theyre making their way down at all, given the fact that low flow toilets are the rule on the Ridge.
Were all a little puzzled, Holmes said.
So far, public works crews have caught the jams before they caused any sewage to hit the streets.
Its not a good thing when a spill happens, Holmes said. Spills trigger an automatic response from the Department of Ecology.
A city mailer going out in the next few days will let residents know what they can and cannot flush away.
If it continues to be a problem after the mailing, we are going to be more aggressive, Holmes said. City staff might go knocking in Ridge neighborhoods and talk to residents, face to face.