Patty Potty Reporting for Duty


There’s a new spokesperson in Texas and she goes by the name of Patty Potty! She uses a creative and eye-catching approach to tell Texas households what they should do with a wipes after they’re done using it. Answer – trash it.

Tackling potty talk with a plunger in hand, she is here to re-educate and spread awareness that wipes are not “flushable” although sometimes contrary to the product the label. With slogans like “no wipes in the pipes!”, this lovable pink and retro housewife plunges at the growing sewer issues – one wipe at a time.

“Trash ’em don’t flush ’em!,” says Patty. ” There is nothing wrong with these products… the problem is how people displose of them. Flush only the 3 P’s! Pee, poo and (toilet) paper.”

Read her Full Story here>>


NYC Council Considers Banning Wipes, Issuing $5K Fines for False Advertising

Two New York City Council members are proposing an ordinance that would ban false advertising on flushable wipes. It would also issue a fine for any wipes product that falsely claims it is “flushable.” The City is spending $3 million alone at the Newton Creek resource recovery facility just to remove wipes from the wastewater.

“Consumers are thinking they’re doing something that’s not wrong, or not causing any harm by letting the non-flushable wipes go down the toilet,” said Counncilmember Antonio Reynoso of Brooklyn. “They wouldn’t be able to label things that are not flushable, flushable.”

Continue reading on CBS New York >

NYT: The New York City Sewer System Says Don’t Flush Wipes!

NYT wipes pic

Photo credit to: New York Times

The New York Times had an article today on the damage “flushable” wipes have caused the city.

“The dank clusters, graying and impenetrable, gain mass like demon snowballs as they travel. Pumps clog. Gears falter. Then, there is the final blow, wrought by an intake of sewage that overwhelmed a portion of a north Brooklyn treatment plant.”

The most telling piece of evidence thus far is the $18 million dollars in repair or replacement costs associated with equipment damaged by sewer debris. According to the New York Times,

“The volume of materials extracted from screening machines at the city’s wastewater treatment plants has more than doubled since 2008, an increase attributed largely to the wipes.”

Continue reading the article >

JWC Sponsors Seminars About Wipes in California and Ontario, Canada

What 2 Flush Summit

JWC is proud to support two important regional meetings focused on what people flush (and what they shouldn’t flush!).

  • May 1 – What 2 Flush Summit, San Diego This event is hosted by the California Water Environment Association and the California Association of Sanitation Agencies and features two separate panels of nationally recognized experts. The first panel will focus on the latest technologies, research and updates about nondispersible wipes. The second panel will focus on public outreach campaigns related to no drugs down the drain.
    JWC is proud to sponsor the Summit with our representative MISCOwater and will have a table top booth to demonstrate the latest Wipes Ready Muffin Monster grinders.
  • May 5 – Toilets Are Not Garbage Cans, London, ON Hosted by the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association this workshop will cover the nondispersible wipes issue. The panelists will also provide an update on their efforts to establish an ISO standard for items flushed down the toilet. JWC is proud to sponsor this event with our distributor Envirocan based in Ontario. We will also have a table top booth at this event.

Hairs the Thing: JWC Research Article on Sewer Rag Balls is Published in WE&T Magazine

JWC wipes research article

JWC’s R&D engineers spent the summer of 2014 mixing rags, hair and greases inside our large demonstration pump station at our Santa Ana manufacturing site. The results of how wipes weave together was amazing.

Inside the pond, the team added a preset amount of hair to the ground material to recreate what is found typically in wastewater. In later tests, grease also was added. However, the team discovered hair is the key catalyst for promoting long strips to knit together and create stronger debris balls. The team also discovered any long strips would congregate in corners of the swirling pond and — once a catch point was added — start to knit together with hair to form a rag ball.

The article was featured in the March 2015 edition of WE&T.

Click here to read the article >

Melbourne, Australia Water Agency Removing 8,000 Pounds of Wipes Every Two Weeks

Yabbara Water District

The Age of Australia reports on the Yabbara Valley Water districts ongoing struggles with wipes and rags clogging up their system. The District recently installed grinders to help deal with the problem and relieve their maintenance staff of the dangerous and time consuming job of deragging sewer pumps by hand.

Pat McCafferty, managing director for Yarra Valley Water told The Age:

More than 4000 kilograms of wet wipes were removed from the retailer’s network every fortnight. Some blockages could cost up to $1000 to clear and that Yarra Valley Water was forced to invest in new technology that “munched” the wipes to help avoid blockages. He said the problem was costing Yarra Valley Water about $70,000 a year.

Continue reading on The Age >

How to Teach Folks What to Flush? How About a Cartoon


The City of Camrose in Canada has come-up with a unique way to teach people what is okay and what is not okay to flush – a cartoon poo race. The illustrated comic strip describes the adventures of several poos racing to the resource recovery plant and all the obstacles they run into along the way – hair, plastics, wipes and other stuff that get’s in their way.

Check out The Epic Poo Race here >


Success Story: TPO Features Cost Saving Channel Monster at California Resource Recovery Plant

The upgraded Channel Monster now efficiently processes rags, wipes and other debris to protect the headworks pumps.

The upgraded Channel Monster now efficiently processes rags, wipes and other debris to protect the headworks pumps.

The magazine TPO (Treatment Plant Operator) has a great problem/solution story in their November issue about our Channel Monster sewer grinder installed at a Southern California resource recovery facility. The grinder helps the facility trim their electrical bill by $78,000 per year by making the pumps far more efficient.

Grinder eliminates wipes problem

Problem: In 2012, the Santa Margarita Water District in California saw a change in the influent at its reclaimed water facility. Disposable wipes were degrading pump performance, requiring all four pumps to run continuously, instead of cycling two pumps at a time. When the pumps could no longer keep up, the plant staff had to derag them by hand, forcing a plant shutdown about every four weeks for two hours and exposing workers to potential injuries from sharps in the rag balls. The labor and the loss of an acre-foot of reclaimed water per month cost $15,000 per year.

Solution: The facility upgraded its Channel Monster from JWC Environmental to a new perforated drum configuration designed to combat wipes and other materials. The upgraded drums are made of durable perforated metal that better traps wipes and forces them into the cutter stack, essentially eliminating clogs.

Result: Since the upgrade, the district has had zero pump clogging issues and has returned to using two pumps at a time. Energy costs decreased by $78,000 per year and manual pump clean-out was eliminated.

To request engineering drawings or flow rates on a Channel Monster, please use our engineering data request >

Sewer rag ball

The new Channel Monster has completely prvented these giant rag balls that were clogging the sewer pumps.

WEFTEC 2014: New Monsters, New Solutions – There is a Better Way to Fight Wipes

JWC's WEFTEC wipes display

JWC Environmental
WEFTEC Booth 4729
New Orleans
September 29 – October 1

This year JWC is heading to WEFTEC in New Orleans with several new Monster solutions to help collection system managers and treatment plant managers deal with the exploding problem of wipes and debris getting flushed down the drain. There is a better way. Protect your pumps and protect your people with JWC’s new wipes ready Monster grinders.

The problems caused by wipes and debris are astounding: across the country hundreds of millions of dollars in damage; sewer pumps clogging daily in some towns; and the wipes market may keep growing by 16% per year. The problem is only getting worse.

Stop by JWC’s booth #4729 to learn about:

  1. How sewage is changing
  2. JWC’s strategy for fighting wipes – Capture. Cut. Remove.
  3. Optimized Cut Control* helps sewer pumps run reliably 24/7
  4. Our Delta-P* system makes Monster grinders more efficient and effective
  5. JWC’s support of wipes public outreach and research – what’s happening in the industry!
  6. Do you have questions about wipes? Click here to ask a JWC Expert.

JWC Monsters on display:

  1. Macho Monster 40002 live grinder demonstration
  2. Channel Monster pump station grinder with new wipes ready cutters
  3. Muffin Monster in-line sludge grinders
  4. Come see the unveiling of our newest, most efficient Monster grinder

JWC’s knowledgeable sales managers will be on-hand to walk you step-by-step through our plan for dealing with wipes so they don’t clog your pump stations and treatment plant. Come see the strongest Monster grinders on the planet – ready to take a bite out of wipes and solve your town’s sewer crisis once and for all.

JWC's What Was That!? Contest

Plus stop by JWC’s booth #4729 to enter our What Was That!? Contest.
Make the correct matches of ground-up, sewer clogging debris and you could win a $400 Amazon gift card

See you in New Orleans!

*Patent pending technologies

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