Need More Uses for Baby Wipes – Read On!

As if you need more evidence of consumer’s love for wipes, here’s 11 uses for baby wipes that do not include wiping a baby’s bottom.  As if you need evidence baby wipes should not be flushed down the toilet, the second use mentions “some brands of baby wipes…can be laundered and reused as dust cloths and cleaning rags”.  If a baby wipe can withstand laundering, you can imagine the havoc it can cause in the sewage system where the expectation is material degrades during transit?  What’s your favorite use for baby wipes?

Read On!


Flushable Wipes Clogging Sewer Pumps and Pipes in Metro Detroit

Wastewater offices are urging people to throw away wipes after using them, not flush them down the toilet.  Flushable wipes might be flushable, but are not biodegradable, and are clogging sewer systems in metro Detroit.  Wipes caused problems with pumps in a long-term, temporary sewer bypass that caused a sinkhole resulting in three condemned houses and curbed water usage.

Read more here

Don’t forget to WATCH the short video referenced in the article.  The fun, two-minute public service announcement by Oakland County officials shows that although the toilet was a great invention, it wasn’t meant to flush everything.

Wipes are Destroying Deerfield’s Sewer System One Toilet Flush at a Time

Deerfield estimates it costs the town on average $20,000 to $30,000 per year to maintain their sewer system due to wipes.  If it wasn’t for flushed wipes, the maintenance would be about $500.  They have sent letters out and other public outreach to educate residents with the issue of flushing wipes yet the problem persists – stuff keeps coming in.

Read more here 

Wet Wipes Changing the Thames

Over 4,500 wet wipes were found on one 154 meter square patch of foreshore of the Thames during the latest Thames River Watch Big Count event.  Shockingly 277 wet wipes were found in just one square meter which is the highest concentration of wet wipes ever recorded in Britain.   At the biannual Big Count event, volunteers record and clean up the litter along key sites of the Thames River in order to build a picture of the river’s health over time.    A previous survey had found 150 wet wipes in a single square meter of the Thames foreshore.  The wet wipes are changing the shape of the river bed, binding with mud and twigs to form mounds on the inside of bends where the water moves more slowly.

Read more here 

Can wet wipes be stopped? Or must cities resign themselves to a future of fatbergs?

Can wet wipes be stopped? Or must cities resign themselves to a future of fatberg?

Photo Credit: MSN – The Atlantic “Are wipes wrecking the world’d sewers?”

Seems that the wet wipes problem has no intention to slow down. But places like Wyoming, Minnesota are beginning to rise up against industry lead studies that dictate “flushable” compliancy.

Wyoming, along with hundreds of other cities across the country are being forced to shut down sewer systems & manually extract raw sewage clogs more often than not.

Our research shows that about 85% of lift stations are not equipped to deal with the problem and the wipes usage is growing every year. Not every lift station has the problem – but when they do JWC Muffin Monsters with Wipes Ready Technologies are the right answer.

The addiction is real – to wet wipes that is. Read this new article on this addiction & the hardships cities around the world are facing as a result.

If your facility is facing pump clogging problems the first place to look for answers is with JWC Muffin Monsters. Our Dual shafted sewage and sludge grinders have come to the rescue of enough “non-clog” pumps to know this is not the best solution.

Ask one of our Experts how JWC can solve this problem for you once and for all.

Lift Station Pumps Clogging? Don’t Blame the Pumps!

JWC Environmental Wipes Pump clogs Stop Ragballs

Disposable Wipes and rags are overwhelming lift station pumps around the world.  It’s not the pumps fault – they are only designed for “normal sewage”.  The reality is that when wipes combine with FOG and hair in collections systems they can create ragballs that no pump can handle.  Our research shows that about 85% of lift stations are not equipped to deal with the problem and the wipes usage is growing every year. Not every lift station has the problem – but when they do JWC Muffin Monsters with Wipes Ready Technologies are the right answer.

If your facility is facing pump clogging problems the first place to look for answers is with JWC Muffin Monsters. Our Dual shafted sewage and sludge grinders have come to the rescue of enough “non-clog” pumps to know this is not the best solution.

Ask one of our Experts how JWC can solve this problem for you once and for all.

So-called Flushable Wipes & other products are not breaking down


There is no let down in sight of this persistent problem – “Flushable” Wipes. Here at JWC Environmental, we thrive to provide you with as much information on the incessant issues facing our water in America today and the forecast to come by staying up to date on the matter. The photo above look familiar?

Here’s a recent article we discovered interviewing Cynthia Finley of NACWA on this problem to which the photo is credited:

Flushable Wipes and Sewer Problems

Different pumps will react differently based on the way they operate, their age, and the volume of material being handled, says Finley. “Wastewater collection systems and treatment plants are so variable throughout the country and there are many different types of conditions you can encounter,” she adds.

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Our Solution? The Muffin Monster fitted with our latest Wipes Ready Technology. The Muffin Monster and pumps have been working hand in hand for decades to improve wastewater treatment efficiency globally.

Ask one of our Muffin Monster Experts, how we can upgrade your system and be rid of the “Wipes Problem” once and for all.

What the settlement between FTC and Nice-Pak means for wipes

The California Water Environment Association recently reported on the agreed settlement between FTC and Nice-Pak regarding flushable wipes labeling. According to the article and the official FTC website, Nice-Pak has agreed to stop advertising moist toilet tissue as flushable unless it can substantiate that the product is safe to flush. Jessica Rich, the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said the following in regard to the suit:

“The evidence didn’t back up Nice-Pak’s claim that their wipes were safe to flush. If you claim a product is flushable, it needs to flush in the real world, without clogging household plumbing or sewer and septic systems.”

The question of whether this will positively impact utilities remains to be seen, and some experts think it will make little difference. According to a recent blog post from the NACWA, the only thing that’s really going to make a difference here is a substantial change in consumer behavior:

“Too many people are flushing baby wipes and other types of wipes that are super strong and not designed to break down at all in a sewer system. This problem can only be solved with better product labeling and consumer education.”

We agree with the NACWA, and believe product labeling and consumer education are key elements in the fight against wipes. However, the third piece to solving this wipes crisis lies in utilizing technology that fully breaks down this tough material in the waste stream, before it can reach pumps.

View the official FTC’s consent order on Nice-Pak here

Talking wipes on Water Online Radio

Ken Biele - JWC Environmental

Ken Biele, CEO of JWC Environmental, discusses solutions to the growing problem of equipment-clogging disposable wipes on Water Online Radio at WEFTEC.

At a high level, JWC Environmental is “focused on solids reduction and screening equipment … grinding stuff up, making sure it keeps flowing through the pipes,” Biele explains to Water Online Radio.

That includes an array of solids, but the main target of late has been disposable wipes. Whether marked “flushable” or not, the wipes are clogging sewage-handling pumps nationwide as they become more popular with consumers.

Get the full interview here.

Monster Keeps Disposable Wipes at Bay: Billerica, MA

PROBLEM: Disposable Wipes clogging pumps during storms and maintenance SOLUTION: CDD4016 Channel Monster with Wipes Ready Upgrade

Massachusetts was facing a too familiar problem these days: Disposable Wipes clogging pumps during storms and maintenance!

Sound familiar?   They found their solution in JWC’s CDD4016 Channel Monster with a Wipes Ready upgrade. When one of Billerica, Massachusetts‘ largest pump stations, Brown Street Pump Station, faced the influx of disposable wipes, their routine cleanings spiked from 3x a week to 3x a day!

“Dealing with wipes has been nothing but a nightmare,” said Mike McCaughey, collections supervisor for Billerica.

They made the call to their local rep and since the installation of the Channel Monster with the Wipes Ready technology in 2014, the need for daily pump maintenance has been eliminated. Maintenance crews no longer have to take time away from planned projects in order to service the pumps at Brown Street and manually remove the clogs and ragballs from the equipment.

Read the full story here.

Having problems with wipes? Ask an Expert 

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Ragball Contest Winners!

Congrats to our Ragball Contest’s grand prize winner, Jeff Baisch from Lake Stevens Sewer District and runner-up, Kim Spendlove from Ash Creek SSD! It was a hard decision between all entries but these winners definitely deserved the title for Nastiest Monster Ragball!

Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your stories with us. Check out the winning monsters below!

First Place – Ragball from Lake Stevens Sewer District

First Place – Ragball from Lake Stevens Sewer District

Runner Up – Two-Headed Ragball with Tentacles from Ash Creek SSD

Runner Up – Two-Headed Ragball with Tentacles from Ash Creek SSD

A declaration of war on flushable wipes


source: Gold Coast Bulletin

GOLD Coast City Council has declared war on flushable wipes.

As Gold Coast states: Plumbers are being called out to unclog 20 – 30 clogged pipes a week. Not to mention that their sewage treatment plants are being shut down once a week for repair due to wipes damage. “As the city’s sewerage system is choked with great mounds of disposable wet wipes costing ratepayers millions of dollars every year to remove.”

From Sydney Water to Water Services Association of Australia to Gold Coast plumbers, they all agree: “People have got to stop flushing these wipes.”

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To save water quality, think before you flush


An article in the Star Tribune gives us tips on easy & inexpensive ways to stop the discharge of these wipes into our sewer systems & environment.

You flush, and it goes away. Or does it?

 There’s more going down the sewer pipes than you might imagine, and some of it is damaging stuff.
Newspaper headlines report the presence of drugs in our drinking water, male fish producing eggs, and the alarming fact that tiny plastic beads may be killing our lakes. It’s easy to ignore our role in all of this. We just assume that someone, somewhere, is dealing with our waste — if we think about it at all.
But we have to remember that there is no “flush, and away.” The choices we make every day are critical to solving these problems.


Flushables Lawsuit targets Wal-Mart


Eugene and Victoria Richard of New Hampshire filed a class-action lawsuit on Aug. 5 against Wal-Mart and Rockline Industries, alleging the two companies showed deceptive business practice when selling flushable wipes.

Rockline Industries manufactures Equate flushable wipes for Wal-Mart. According to a report in Legal Newsline, the couple says that despite advertising otherwise, the wipes do not break down when flushed and can cause problems in pipes. The Richards say their septic system leachfield failed, which required them to hire professional plumbers.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York. Along with damages, it seeks an order declaring the defendants’ practices improper and an injunction requiring the defendants to inform the public about the true nature of wipes.

Read the Original Article  Here

With the increased sales of wipes growing 5-6 percent each year since 2007, there is also a growing number of consumers experiencing clogs, sewer backups and plumbing issues. As these problems can be traced back to wipes retailers and manufacturers, Wal-Mart and Target are constantly being caught in class action lawsuits like these.

“If a product clears the toilet bowl, it’s flushable.” WRONG!


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“The average consumer believes if a product clears their toilet bowl, it’s flushable,” said Jamie Rosenberg, a Chicago-based household and personal-care analyst for Mintel. “People in their homes have no idea what’s going on downstream.” quote from Bloomberg news.

But as sales of these “flushable” wipes goes up so do the repair costs, health hazards and frustrations of  wastewater treatment facilities across the nation. This pandemic is beginning to rise to high level news.  Protect your facility from this contagious and growing plague.

Flush-Defying Wipes Bedevil Cities as Sewers Surrender

“Only in the past decade have grownups seized upon moist “flushable” wipes similar to those that clean baby bottoms, a product that has become a prized asset in a flat market. Accelerating sales are demonstrated inside the world’s sewers, where tons clog equipment. From New York to London, the hygiene fad costs governments millions of dollars a year.

As profit drive collides with the public’s interest in functional wastewater infrastructure, officials are discussing regulation and how to assess the cost of ungunking the system.”

Read the rest of the story and get up to speed

Muffin Monster Grinds Down Pump Station Repair Costs


To prevent pump ragging for good and eliminate the cost of vacuum truck services – the town installed a Muffin Monster sewage grinder.

When Otter Creek Water Reclamation District was faced with expensive reoccurring clean-up costs because of rags, wipes, flushables and debris at their largest wastewater pump station, engineers solved the problem with a Muffin Monster sewage grinder.

The Village of South Elgin, established in 1897, is a picturesque community that attracts visitors and new residents with its old world charm. Located about 40 miles northwest of Chicago, Illinois, the Village’s 22,000 residents rely on three wastewater pump stations. The largest of these is located at the Thornwood Lift Station where flow to the station is about 490 gpm (110 m3/h) and three 40-hp (30 kW) pumps need to move sewage at about 600 gpm (136 m3/h) @ 36’ (11m) TDH. Here, build-up of rags, trash wrappings and other debris were clogging the system and forcing it offline. This necessitated regular cleanings totaling over $19,000 per year…

Learn how they solved their expensive reoccurring clean-up costs caused by flushables >

Channel Monster Sewage Grinder Protects Pumps in Santa Ana


The Channel Monster, custom fitted for Santa Ana manhole, slides down a guide rail for an easy access sewage grinder. (credit: Brian Ige, P.E., City of Santa Ana)

Pumps clogging with debris caused the City of Santa Ana to call for a Channel Monster sewage grinder.   Contributing to the unbudgeted expense in maintenance, operators were having to break open pump fittings to reach the problem area, and pull the rag balls out, every time there was a back up in their system.

“We had to find a solution,” said Nabil Saba, P.E., Acting Water Manager for the City. “Every time the pumps would clog we had to go in there.  It’s a confined space so, not easy.  Every time we had to open the pumps and break the seals.  And every time the workers are exposed to raw sewage.”

Read more about cutting maintenance costs and protecting pumps with this Monster sewage grinder.

Nondispersible Wipes Turning Sewers Into Nightmares Nationwide


By Fritz Egger
Director, Asia, Pacific & Middle East Operations

Increasingly, wipes are causing serious issues for wastewater treatment system operators. Many of the wipes entering the sewage system are not dispersible and technically not flushable. The term “flushable wipes” was spawned in the 1980s, when a consumer products company brought a latex bonded airlaid wet wipe with polyester fibers onto the market. The wipe was considered “flushable” since it could transit through the toilet, but with all those polyester fibers it was not dispersible.

Wipes use is predominant in the U.S., Western Europe, Japan and Israel, but is expanding on a global scale. In addition, the definition of what is flushable is not subject to industry guidelines, consumer instructions, or government oversight. With the explosion of wipes on the market there is significant consumer confusion about what is and is not flushable. Baby wipes, as an example, are not flushable.

As sewers around the world turn into solid waste conveyance systems — we all have to work harder to keep sewage flowing. As a Director for JWC, it’s my responsibility to ensure we continue innovating and upgrading our solids reduction and removal systems to reliably handle all types of debris, including this new generation of wipes getting flushed.

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Think Before You Flush Disposable Wipes


Photo Credit: Reading Eagle’s Bill Uhrich

Disposable wipes are at it again. The Reading Eagle and maintenance operators at wastewater treatment plants across the nation suggest you dispose of wipes in the trash can not the toilet.   As sales of these popular wipes go up so does your plumbing bill.   Plumbers are quoting from $200 – $400 per visit due to this deceiving product.  Not to mention wastewater treatment plants have spent over $3,000 to unclog their equipment each time!

Recently, the Muffin Monster was mentioned in an article written by the Reading Eagle, “Flushing disposable wipes spurs woes at home, sewage plants”.  Exeter Township Municipal Sewer Plant in PA, boasts to be not impacted by the influx in clogging disposable wipes since they have a Muffin Monster working for them.

Read more about why you should “Think before you flush when it comes to disposable wipes”.


Read more about why you should think before you flush when it comes to disposable wipes.

Wipes need to be Muffin Monstered…


photo credit: AP

Popular bathroom wipes blamed for sewer clogs

Yet another story on this increasing problem of wipes, this time in Bemus, New York. We’ve got your solution right here. Our powerful Muffin Monster can help combat these issues in a snap. Need more reasons why a Monster is your best solution.  Visit our Why a Monster? page and explore the site.  Don’t let your community suffer.

The problem got so bad in this western New York community this summer that sewer officials set up traps – basket strainers in sections of pipe leading to an oft-clogged pump – to figure out which households the wipes were coming from. They mailed letters and then pleaded in person for residents to stop flushing them.

Get informed! Read the rest of the story.


Wipes 101



We’ve all been guilty of flushing those cleverly advertised “flushable wipes” or pre-moistened “personal” wipes down the toilet. What we are failing to realize is that they are creating havoc for our local pump stations in the form rags. This build-up isn’t pretty…

Aging Waste Water Treatment Plant facilities have struggled for years with the problem of “ragging” with no viable solution for those personal wipes, paper towels and other items not designed for flushing but forcibly advertised as so. Wipes and other products do not disintegrate into the water fast enough to pass without strangling pumps.

We all know what happens when sewer lines are broken and backed up. That brown, foul smelling water and sludge enters our homes and destroys our floors and belongings. Take the time to throw those wipes in the trash where they can be properly disposed of. In the mean time JWC Environmental offers a number of flushable wipes and ragging solutions. Make sure to take a look around the site.

In the mean time, make sure to check out some the related flushable wipes stories below:

Washington Post – “Flushable” Personal Wipes Clogging Sewer Systems

USA TodayWipes in the Pipes Snarling Sewers

KSL.comPopular Bathroom Wipes Blamed for Sewer Clogs


VIDEO – WUSA9 –Too Many Flushable Wipes in Pipes

New Pre-Built Muffin Monster Manhole Helps Unclog Sewer Lines


The new pre-built Muffin Monster® Manhole from JWC Environmental is a sewer system solution for cities, nursing homes, hospitals, condos, jails, colleges and other institutions facing a stubborn problem – rags, disposable wipes, trash, flushables and debris clogging sewer lines and pump stations.

Muffin Monster Manhole, nicknamed the M3, includes everything in one ready to install package: a pre-built fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) manhole; a Muffin Monster grinder; guide rails; access ladder; inlet and outlet pipeline connections and a manhole or hatch-type access lid. The low-speed, high-torque grinding turns troublesome solids into small particles that easily pass through sewer lines and pumps. The legendary Muffin Monster is installed in over 25,000 locations world-wide.

“Customers call us every day asking for help to protect sewer pumps from flushable wipes,” said Gary Smith, Grinder Team Manager for JWCE. “With the M3 we offer a complete package that is easy to purchase, easy to install and easy to use. The customer simply digs down to the sewer line, drops in the M3 and covers it back up. That’s it – you’re grinding sewage.”

JWCE representatives and inside technical sales staff are trained and experienced in advising, designing and building in-line or in-channel sewage grinders for unique and challenging locations. Muffin Monster grinders can be installed almost anywhere – and they have. Simply ask your local JWCE rep to tour the location and we’ll do the rest.

The Muffin Monster includes many of JWCE’s exclusive features: an immersible motor; automated controller; sharp steel cutters with 60+ Rockwell hardness and the industry’s best service plan – the JWCE grinder exchange program. The only maintenance on the M3 is a semi-annual inspection.

The M3 holds a Muffin Monster model 30005-0012 grinder and handles flow up to 350,000 gallons per day (110 m3/h). The M3 is bolted to a concrete pad installed by the end user. The 4’ (1.2m) circular manhole can be built for a depth specified by the customer up to 30’ (9m). The inlet and outlet pipeline sizes are made to fit the sewer line. The customer may choose either a hinged lockable lid or a conical top for installation in roadways. The M3 is rated for loads exceeding H-20 requirements.

The FRP material adds incredible strength to the manhole while also making it watertight and corrosion resistant – important features for today’s high strength sewage. JWCE also stands behind both the Muffin Monster and the manhole with the industry’s best warranty coverage.