The new sewer system being installed in the first 17 sections of Lakeway as part of our “Out Of District Wastewater Project (ODWW) Project” includes the use of a grinder pump system being installed at each home where a homeowner has opted-in to participate in the project. Grinder pumps are used in neighborhoods where site conditions such as building elevations and ground slopes make construction of conventional ‘gravity sewers’ impractical. A grinder pump works like a household garbage disposal, but on a larger scale. It grinds up wastewater produced in your home (i.e. toilet use, shower, washing machine, etc.) and pumps it into the newly developed public sewer system.
The following instructions are intended for all LMUD customers, but the consequences of not following these instructions may be immediately apparent to customers with grinder pumps. Customers with grinder pumps may see the red light (see image), located on a metal box on their property, go off indicating that the grinder pump needs maintenance or repair, often resulting from flushing inappropriate materials down the toilet, pouring inappropriate materials down a drain, or placing inappropriate wastes down the disposal. Maintenance and repair of your system is covered in the costs system maintenance fee, so please give us a call if you see this light flashing, but you can help us be a better provider and keep costs of service low by taking care of the system.
Learning the appropriate way to dispose of household waste protects the sewer system, keeps costs down, and protects the environment.
What NOT to Flush Down the Toilet, Pour Down a Drain, or Put Down the Disposal
- Feminine Hygiene Products and Diapers
This includes tampons, pads, panty liners, and all other feminine hygiene products, as well as “disposable” baby and adult diapers. You may flush solid wastes collected in diapers down the toilet, but do not flush any feminine hygiene products or diapers down the toilet. These products do not degrade sufficiently, causing clogged pipes and damage to pumps and other wastewater collection and treatment equipment.
This includes baby wipes, adult wipes, personal cleaning pads, make-up remover wipes, and all other personal hygiene wipes other than toilet paper. Do not flush these products down the toilet – even if they claim to be “flushable.” The industry is changing the labeling guidelines to make this more clear. These products do not degrade sufficiently, causing clogged pipes and damage to pumps and other wastewater collection and treatment equipment. Collect these items in a trashcan or other container and dispose of them with your household garbage.
- Dental Floss, Q-tips, Cotton Balls, Paper Towels, Facial Tissues
Unlike toilet paper, these products do not degrade sufficiently, causing clogged pipes and damage to pumps and other wastewater collection and treatment equipment. Place these items in a trashcan or other container and dispose of them with your household garbage.
- Cooking Grease, Greasy Foods
This includes cooking greases such as bacon grease, duck fat, greases from cooking meats, cooking oils, and greasy foods. Do not pour used cooking greases or oils, or greases generated while cooking meat down the drain. Collect all cooking greases and oils in a separate container (e.g., glass jar or used can) and dispose of the container with your household garbage. Do not put uneaten greasy foods down your garbage disposal. Instead, dispose of greasy foods with your household garbage.
- Pills and other Medicines
You may think it is a good idea to flush unused pills and other medicines down the toilet to keep them out of harm’s way, but wastewater treatment systems may not remove their toxic properties. Dispose of these products with your household garbage or find a community-based “Take-Back Initiative” program, such as the one found in Lakeway through the police department.
BOTTOM LINE: Collect the items listed above in a trashcan or other container and dispose of them with your household garbage. Do not flush them down a toilet, pour them down a drain, or put them down a garbage disposal.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT US AT:
512-261-6222 Ext. 110
email us at: CustomerService@Lakewaymud.org