Underwear jam causes costly repair at Brownsburg wastewater plant

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BROWNSBURG, Ind. (WTHR) - The Brownsburg Wastewater Treatment Plant is asking residents to be mindful of what they are flushing down the toliet.

The plant's superintendent said a pair of underwear recently jammed a pump at the Lake Ridge Lift Station, costing labor and equipment to remove the item and get the pump back into operation.

Superintendent Kathy Dillon said the items of highest concern at this time are wipes (baby, cleaning, personal hygiene), animal/vegetable oils and clothing such as bras and underwear.

Dillon said the sanitary system is designed to handle the water from activities such as using the toilet, sinks, showers and washing machines.

She said wastewater professionals across the state work very hard to protect the health of their communities, protect water quality and protect the environment. Everyone can help in this effort by disposing of materials properly, Dillon added.

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