Sunbury Mills residents still clogging pump
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
During last Wednesday’s Sunbury Services Committee meeting, wastewater treatment plant supervisor Rich Felton said residents are still flushing disposable wipes into the sanitary sewer system and clogging the pump at the Sunbury Mills lift station.
At the July Services Committee meeting Felton said the one-phase electric pumps in the station can not handle the non-tear, non-biodegradable wipes, even though they are advertised as disposable.
In June and July alone, Felton said, the village paid over $2,000 in overtime calling in employees on weekends to unclog the Sunbury Mills pump.
“The Sunbury Mills pump station requires daily attention with pulling of pumps to remove debris, resulting in many overtime hours and risking backups due to pump clogging,” Felton said. ”The problem at the Sunbury Mills pump station has become the top priority to be resolved, and has impacted the amount of time the crew has to work preventative maintenance on the rest of the village sanitary sewer collection system.”
One costly solution, Felton said, would be to run a three-phase electric line to the lift station and purchase and install a three-phase pump, but that solution would be cost-prohibitive.
An alternative solution that Felton came up with would be to install a Flygt variable phase drive pump that converts single-phase electric to three-phase.
“To install the Flygt variable phase pump and redo the control panel would cost about $15,000,” Felton said. “Flygt has a clog free operations guarantee, Flygt will reimburse us if we have to unclog that pump, plus we would save 25 percent on energy use.”
Later in the evening during the regular village council meeting, council members directed village fiscal officer Cathy Belcher to appropriate funds for the purchase of the Flygt pump.
Council members also approved a motion to spend $3,189 for Duke Root Control to treat 1,222 feet of sanitary sewer service line with root dissolving foam.
Duke Root Control will treat 407 feet of sanitary sewer on Arbor Drive, 392 feet on Arbor Drive West, 420 feet on Middleview Drive and 784 feet on Chipmunk.