The Village of Merrillan is requesting again that residents not flush products other than toilet paper. No wipes, paper towels, facial tissues, cleaning wipes, Swiffer pads, makeup wipes, etc. None of those other than toilet paper are designed to break down properly and should go in the trash instead.
Issues like this can and do cause damage to our sewage system, not to mention the additional work and cost it places on Village employees and taxpayers. These costs quickly rise into the thousands.
Backups could also occur including into homes if issues like this are not caught in time. Your ability to flush can be impacted rendering your sinks, toilets, etc unusable.
Let’s do the right thing here and pass the message along to your friends, neighbors, and others. Flushable wipes are not flushable.
The images attached are from late last night around midnight when a grinder pump burnt up. As you can see in the photos the reason is obvious. Grinder pumps have lights and alarms that will notify if there’s an issue. If you notice any of these alarms please call us before it’s too late.
If you have questions or concerns please contact us.