Another complication of disposable culture…

“Flushable” baby wipes and cleaning wipes might seem more sanitary than using washcloths and sponges. However, they can clog up the pumps and digesters in wastewater treatment plants.

The Port Huron Times Herald reports the Algonac Wastewater Treatment Plant (aka my friendly neighborhood sewage plant) spent $72K in 2012 cleaning out a clog. This year they’re going to spend $600K in improvements, but that won’t stop all the clogging.

So in the end, the “convenient” wipes are going to raise the prices on our utility bills.

Treacherous beauty

Spot the snowman. This weekend’s icestorm left me housebound, but today I drove to my hometown for Christmas.  Some of my relatives near Lansing, Michigan lost their power (estimated restoration: December 28) and one of my nephews had to remove a fallen tree from his yard.

But it sure is pretty.

This photo is of a rest area between Port Huron and Flint.  In the background stands a snowman that travelers erected. It brought a smile to my face.