Stop Sewer Backups!
You Can't Flush This!
Fats, Oils , and Grease (FOG); non-dispersible materials (the term used for products that do not break down in plumbing and sewer system); diapers; wipes; feminine hygiene products; paper towels; and solid food particles. These are some of the main causes of sewer back-ups. These back-ups create serious maintenance and health issues for the homeowner and also for the public wastewater collection system. When fats, oil & grease are poured down the sink, these products solidify once they have cooled down in the sewer pipes and cause blockages. This build up restricts flow by itself or in combination with other materials that shouldn’t be flushed can cause raw sewerage to back up into your home and sometimes cause blockages in the main sewer system located in the street.
Many products are labeled as “Flushable”, but the majority of these products do not break down in the same manner as toilet paper and create problems in households, collection systems, pumping stations and the wastewater treatment facility.
Toilets, plumbing and collection systems are designed for human waste and toilet paper only.
This is an 8 inch sanitary sewer main blocked solid by grease, wipes and rags. The replacement of this section of sewer cost $9,500.00.
This is a 6 inch house sewer. Over 90% of this lateral was blocked by grease accumulation. This caused a back-up in the residence and cost $3,800.00 to repair.
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Listen to this video so you can see how flushing these items affects your sewer pipes.
SMUA Receives $150,000 Grant from Homeland Security
The Secaucus Municipal Utilities Authority is pleased to announce that they have received a grant in the amount of $150,000 from Homeland Security.
The Secaucus Municipal Utilities Authority Receives $100,000 FEMA Grant
The Executive Director of the Authority, Brian Bigler, announced that the Secaucus M.U.A. is the recipient of a $100,000.00 Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation grant. The grant is for the installation of a dual fuel generator system that will allow the wastewater treatment facility at Koelle Boulevard, to operate the emergency generator on both diesel fuel and natural gas in the event of a power failure. The Authority applied for the grant shortly after Super‐storm Sandy hit in response to the difficulty in obtaining diesel fuel to operate the generator. During that event, the emergency generator ran for over thirty eight hours straight and the facility never shut down. This facility processes all of the wastewater generated in the Town of Secaucus and its operation is imperative for preserving public health and the ecology of this portion of the Hackensack watershed.
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