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Flush No Baby Wipes
Date: 1/22/2014 Album ID: 1757022
Photos by Gordon Chibroski
press conference at the Westbrook Treatment Facility
A table filled with a variety of baby wipes products are displayed at a press conference at the Westbrook Treatment Facility as Westbrook partners with INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and the Maine WasteWater Control Association to address the issue of residents flushing baby wipes down the toilet and fouling the sewer system pumps.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer. 
Tuesday, January 21, 2013.
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Patricia Aho, Maine DEP Commissioner, addresses the media at a press conference at the Westbrook Treatment Facility as Westbrook partners with INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and the Maine WasteWater Control Association to address the issue of residents flushing baby wipes down the toilet and fouling the sewer system pumps.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer. 
Tuesday, January 21, 2013.
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This modern computer controlled facility screen at the Brown Street Pumping Station in Westbrook shows the process the waste water goes through, including screening by the Mechanical Screen that removes the baby wipes, paper towels and other items that can clog the pumps and the Wash Press that cleans and compresses the removed product and dumps it into a container to be disposed of properly as Westbrook partners with INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and the Maine WasteWater Control Association to address the issue of residents flushing baby wipes down the toilet and fouling the sewer system pumps. Other pumping facilities do not have this state-of-the art multi-million dollar system so the baby wipes clog the pumps, according to Tom Hume, Operations Foreperson for Wastewater Systems Portland Water District

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer. 
Tuesday, January 21, 2013.
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This is where the raw sewage enters the Brown Street Pumping Station and items that could clog the pumps are removed.  Westbrook is partnering with INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and the Maine WasteWater Control Association to address the issue of residents flushing baby wipes down the toilet and fouling the sewer system pumps.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer. 
Tuesday, January 21, 2013.
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Tom Hume, Operations Foreperson for Wastewater Systems Portland Water District explains the multi-million dollar system device at the  in Westbrook  that removes baby wipes, paper towels and other items that will clog the pumps as Westbrook partners with INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and the Maine WasteWater Control Association to address the issue of residents flushing baby wipes down the toilet and fouling the sewer system pumps.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer. 
Tuesday, January 21, 2013.
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Tom Hume, Operations Foreperson for Wastewater Systems Portland Water District inspects the washed and compressed baby wipes, paper towels and other items removed from the system that clog the pumps in the Brown Street pump house as Westbrook partners with INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and the Maine WasteWater Control Association to address the issue of residents flushing baby wipes down the toilet and fouling the sewer system pumps.

Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer. 
Tuesday, January 21, 2013.
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