Workers drag 6-foot Christmas tree out of San Antonio sewer – mySanAntonio.com

  • SAWS workers pulled a decaying 6-foot Christmas tree from an open manhole near Leon Creek Greenway Park on the city's Northwest Side. SAWS spokeswoman Anne Hayden said the tree was disrupting sewage flow and causing backups in the shallow main, collecting flushed wipes and rags. Photo: Courtesy Of SAWS

    Photo By Courtesy of SAWS 

    SAWS workers pulled a decaying 6-foot Christmas tree from an open manhole near Leon Creek Greenway Park on the city’s Northwest Side. SAWS spokeswoman Anne Hayden said the tree was disrupting sewage flow and causing backups in the shallow main, collecting flushed wipes and rags.

  • Strange objects and creepy animals clog sewer lines in San Antonio, which can cause back-ups and leaks. To combat the unwanted jams, the San Antonio Water System has enlisted the help of small, tractor-looking robots - armed with cameras and mini water hoses that can clear out the objects. Check out some of the photos taken by the SAWS sewer robots.

    Strange objects and creepy animals clog sewer lines in San Antonio, which can cause back-ups and leaks. To combat the unwanted jams, the San Antonio Water System has enlisted the help of small, tractor-looking robots – armed with cameras and mini water hoses that can clear out the objects.

    Check out some of the photos taken by the SAWS sewer robots.

  • Great Plains Rat snake in a San Antonio sewer. Photo: SAWS, Courtesy

    Photo By SAWS, courtesy 

    Great Plains Rat snake in a San Antonio sewer.

  • SAWS workers rescued a furry visitor trapped in the sewer sytem on Friday. A photo provided by SAWS — and shared through their Twitter account with the caption, "Wait... that's no sewer rat!" — shows a raccoon trapped in a sewer line. Photo: Courtesy Of SAWS

    Photo By Courtesy of SAWS 

    SAWS workers rescued a furry visitor trapped in the sewer sytem on Friday. A photo provided by SAWS — and shared through their Twitter account with the caption, “Wait… that’s no sewer rat!” — shows a raccoon trapped in a sewer line.

  • Roach (top left) and grease in a San Antonio sewer. Photo: Courtesy, SAWS

    Photo By courtesy, SAWS 

    Roach (top left) and grease in a San Antonio sewer.

  • A rat in a San Antonio sewer. Photo: SAWS, Courtesy

    Photo By SAWS, courtesy 

    A rat in a San Antonio sewer.

  • Turtle in a San Antonio sewer. Photo: Courtesy, SAWS

    Photo By courtesy, SAWS 

    Turtle in a San Antonio sewer.

  • Great Plains Rat snake in a San Antonio sewer. Photo: SAWS, Courtesy

    Photo By SAWS, courtesy 

    Great Plains Rat snake in a San Antonio sewer.

  • Basketball in a San Antonio sewer. Photo: SAWS, Courtesy

    Photo By SAWS, courtesy 

    Basketball in a San Antonio sewer.

  • SAWS workers pulled a mysterious object that turned out to be a giant rock from the sewers after video footage found it blocking a pipe on Monday. Photo: Courtesy Of SAWS

    Photo By Courtesy of SAWS 

    SAWS workers pulled a mysterious object that turned out to be a giant rock from the sewers after video footage found it blocking a pipe on Monday.

  • The San Antonio Water System tweeted this image Dec. 16, 2014, of "flushable" wipes pulled out of the sewer system with the message, "Seriously, who flushes this stuff?" Photo: Fechter, Joshua I, SAWS/Screenshot Via Twitter

    Photo By Fechter, Joshua I/SAWS/Screenshot via Twitter 

    The San Antonio Water System tweeted this image Dec. 16, 2014, of “flushable” wipes pulled out of the sewer system with the message, “Seriously, who flushes this stuff?”

  • The San Antonio Water System tweeted this image of "flushable" wipes pulled out of the sewer system. SAWS is seeing an uptick of clogged pipes caused by "flushable" wipes. The agency is trying to build awareness of the problem using the hashtag #WipesClogPipes on social media. Photo: Fechter, Joshua I, Screenshot Via Twitter

    Photo By Fechter, Joshua I/Screenshot via Twitter 

    The San Antonio Water System tweeted this image of “flushable” wipes pulled out of the sewer system. SAWS is seeing an uptick of clogged pipes caused by “flushable” wipes. The agency is trying to build awareness of the problem using the hashtag #WipesClogPipes on social media.

  • The San Antonio Water System is seeing an uptick of clogged pipes caused by "flushable" wipes. The agency is trying to build awareness of the problem using the hashtag #WipesClogPipes on social media. Photo: Courtesy Of SAWS

    Photo By Courtesy of SAWS 

    The San Antonio Water System is seeing an uptick of clogged pipes caused by “flushable” wipes. The agency is trying to build awareness of the problem using the hashtag #WipesClogPipes on social media.

  • The San Antonio Water System is seeing an uptick of clogged pipes caused by "flushable" wipes. The agency is trying to build awareness of the problem using the hashtag #WipesClogPipes on social media. Photo: Courtesy Of SAWS

    Photo By Courtesy of SAWS 

    The San Antonio Water System is seeing an uptick of clogged pipes caused by “flushable” wipes. The agency is trying to build awareness of the problem using the hashtag #WipesClogPipes on social media.

  • That "flushable" wipe may not be so flushable: wipes flushed into the sewer system are clogging pipes in cities all over the country, including San Antonio. "Those so-called 'flushables' like cleansing wipes and feminine hygiene products won't clog your toilet if you're lucky," said Anne Hayden, a spokeswoman for the San Antonio Water System, in an email. "But, they will cause major damage to your sewer system, and they may contribute to sewage backing into your home or office." Photo: Courtesy Of SAWS

    Photo By Courtesy of SAWS 

    That “flushable” wipe may not be so flushable: wipes flushed into the sewer system are clogging pipes in cities all over the country, including San Antonio. “Those so-called ‘flushables’ like cleansing wipes and feminine hygiene products won’t clog your toilet if you’re lucky,” said Anne Hayden, a spokeswoman for the San Antonio Water System, in an email. “But, they will cause major damage to your sewer system, and they may contribute to sewage backing into your home or office.”

  • Yanking chunks of congealed wipes is regular business for SAWS workers. Hayden said that these wipes — though marketed as flushable — don't actually dissolve when flushed. Photo: Courtesy Of SAWS

    Photo By Courtesy of SAWS 

    Yanking chunks of congealed wipes is regular business for SAWS workers. Hayden said that these wipes — though marketed as flushable — don’t actually dissolve when flushed.

  • "Instead of dissolving like toilet paper, these items bond together with grease forming long, mop-like clumps of gunk that clog sewer pipes, damage equipment and cause sewer spills," Hayden said. To prevent that, Hayden suggested disposing of these wipes and other products deemed "flushable" in the trash, along with grease from plates, pots and pans. "Remember, no matter what the product package says, only three things are truly flushable: human waste, toilet paper and water," Hayden said. Photo: Courtesy Of SAWS

    Photo By Courtesy of SAWS 

    “Instead of dissolving like toilet paper, these items bond together with grease forming long, mop-like clumps of gunk that clog sewer pipes, damage equipment and cause sewer spills,” Hayden said. To prevent that, Hayden suggested disposing of these wipes and other products deemed “flushable” in the trash, along with grease from plates, pots and pans. “Remember, no matter what the product package says, only three things are truly flushable: human waste, toilet paper and water,” Hayden said.

  • Large equipment is brought in as a SAWS maintenance crew cleans out a clogged siphon system near the intersection of Eisenhauer and Corinne on August 7, 2013. Read more about the problems 'flushable' wipes are causing on ExpressNews.com. Photo: Tom Reel, San Antonio Express-News

    Photo By Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News 

    Large equipment is brought in as a SAWS maintenance crew cleans out a clogged siphon system near the intersection of Eisenhauer and Corinne on August 7, 2013. Read more about the problems ‘flushable’ wipes are causing on ExpressNews.com.
  • Debris nearly reaches the top of a manhole as a SAWS maintenance crew cleans out a clogged siphon system near the intersection of Eisenhauer and Corinne on August 7, 2013. Photo: Tom Reel, San Antonio Express-News

    Photo By Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News 

    Debris nearly reaches the top of a manhole as a SAWS maintenance crew cleans out a clogged siphon system near the intersection of Eisenhauer and Corinne on August 7, 2013.

  • Carlos Martinez (left) and Aaron Loney use a claw mechanism to extract debris as a SAWS maintenance crew cleans out a clogged siphon system near the intersection of Eisenhauer and Corinne on August 7, 2013. Photo: TOM REEL

    Photo By TOM REEL 

    Carlos Martinez (left) and Aaron Loney use a claw mechanism to extract debris as a SAWS maintenance crew cleans out a clogged siphon system near the intersection of Eisenhauer and Corinne on August 7, 2013.

  • Plastic bonds sludge together as a SAWS maintenance crew cleans out a clogged siphon system near the intersection of Eisenhauer and Corinne on August 7, 2013. Photo: Tom Reel, San Antonio Express-News

    Photo By Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News 

    Plastic bonds sludge together as a SAWS maintenance crew cleans out a clogged siphon system near the intersection of Eisenhauer and Corinne on August 7, 2013.

  • Plastic bonds sludge together as a SAWS maintenance crew cleans out a clogged siphon system near the intersection of Eisenhauer and Corinne on August 7, 2013. Photo: Tom Reel, San Antonio Express-News

    Photo By Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News 

    Plastic bonds sludge together as a SAWS maintenance crew cleans out a clogged siphon system near the intersection of Eisenhauer and Corinne on August 7, 2013.

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