Clogged pumps are a big, big issue. Any thoughts about how to address the problem with our community?
asked 11 November 2016 asked by MapFail (390 points)
Someone once told me that the most effective thing they ever said to someone about this issue came out of frustration. “It’s a toilet,” they said. “Stop treating it like a trash can.” There are always be people who do. I think where our community focus should be is on the homes that are trying to be conscientious about their actions, but don’t realize what they flush is probably contributing to a clogged pump. Like the people who flush wet wipes. But education is just one part of the issue. If you have clogging issues that reoccur frequently, then have you thought about converting to a non-clog pump? Do you have trash baskets or bar screens? Maybe a grinder? Relying on education alone might make minor improvements, but it won’t solve the problem. Just implementing equipment solutions can encourage households to throw more trash into their toilets. It has to be a dual approach. Otherwise we either enable the behavior or we keep paying for unplanned clogs.