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After multiple emergency repairs to one of the city’s sanitary sewer lift stations, the City of Xenia’s Public Service Department is asking residents to double check items that are being flushed such as baby wipes.
Over the past four months, the City of Xenia has had to make repairs or replacements to one lift station in particular, which has come at a cost to the City of $7,000.
Sanitary sewer crew members are finding wipes, such as baby wipes or hygiene products, are binding up the pumps and causing them to fail. While many of the products are labeled as flushable, they are causing sewer pumps to fail. When sewer pumps fail, it increases the chances of a potential sanitary sewer backup into homes and basements. Sewer backups pose a serious risk to the health and safety of neighborhoods.
By reducing the number of non-flushable items that go into the City’s sanitary sewer system, the sanitary lifts stations will operate more efficiently.
The City of Xenia has a total of six lift stations that are serviced by the Public Service Department.