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Potty Talk with Patty Potty

January 20, 2020
Wastewater Visibility News

TEXAS’S NO WIPES IN THE PIPES CAMPAIGN You may have heard of a spokeswoman who goes by the name of “Patty Potty,” preaching the good word of toilet etiquette in cities across the state of Texas.  Armed with a bright pink plunger and styled as a 1950s housewife, Patty Potty aims to educate the public about the dangers of putting objects into the toilet that are not one of the three Ps: pee, poo, and (toilet) paper.  She visits classrooms, industry conferences, and district board meetings. The “No Wipes in the Pipes” campaign began in 2014 in an effort to inform the population of the dangers of flushing wipes that are falsely advertised as “flushable.” “People are flushing all kinds of things down the toilet!” Patty points out. “It’s not a trash can, you know!  Some paper products and wipes are advertised as ‘flushable’ but they aren’t. Sure, they will flush down, but they won’t flush OUT.  Wipes don’t decompose… they get caught up in wastewater treatment plant screens and filters — and that costs money to clear and repair!”1 Those in the wastewater industry are familiar with the cleanup that is associated with products that are incorrectly flushed down the lines.  As evidenced by the large amounts of rag material USST crews have removed over the years from various pipes and structures, these materials get caught in a facility’s screens, filters, and put undue stress on infrastructure. Patty Potty was created to educate people in a fun way and encourages other cities to follow suit.  She offers products that cities can use to educate their citizens including mailing inserts, flyers, bumper stickers, coloring books, magnets, and bags, just to name a few.  Her products fund the campaign, along with sponsorship packages that are available to purchase.  You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter, and you can catch all of her videos, including a newer campaign promoting the dangers of fats, oils, and greases, on her YouTube channel. Spread the word and take the pledge with Patty:  No wipes in the pipes! 1
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November 15, 2019

Wastewater Visibility News

Supporting Veterans by Playing Golf

TEAM TAKES 1ST & 2ND PLACE AT THE FIRST ANNUAL WARRIORS AT EASE GOLF TOURNAMENT If you haven’t heard of the Warriors at Ease organization and the amazing support they provide to U.S. veterans, current service members, and families, please read on. Their vision is to “integrate yoga and meditation into military and civilian settings to support the health, resiliency, post-traumatic growth, and connection of service members, veterans and their families.” In addition to providing yoga and meditation classes on military installations, in VA facilities, and in the community, Warriors at Ease also organizes retreats and programs, provides training and

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March 26, 2018

Wastewater Visibility News

In The USST Spotlight: Chris Jones

Say Hello to Chris Jones, one of our hardworking Service Technicians here at USST.  Following in the steps of his family, Chris has a background in trades work building powerlines before joining the U.S. Submergent team, while his grandfather worked as an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Airforce.  Having just hit his one-year mark with USST, Chris is a valued member of our team with a surprising love of soup lunches and gardening.  Read on to learn more about our up-and-coming team member. Hometown:  Norfolk, Virginia. What I Do as a Service Tech II:  Run equipment, think ahead and solve

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November 20, 2017

Wastewater Visibility News

In The USST Spotlight: Paul Stephenson

Say Hello to Paul Stephenson, one of our hardworking Service Technicians here at USST.  A Navy veteran and former nomad turned Floridian, Paul isn’t afraid to try new things, loves a good challenge and has been with us for more than a year and a half.  Read on to learn some other surprising details about our team member. Hometown:  Nowhere in particular.  I lived all over the place and never lived anywhere for more than a few years due to the military, but consider Orlando, Florida my home and favorite place to live so far. What I Do as a

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December 1, 2014

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Congratulations to the Florida Rural Water Association!

U.S. Submergent Technologies congratulates the Florida Rural Water Association on their recent recognition of “Association of the Year” by the National Rural Water Association.  The award was presented at the NRWA’s annual Tribute to Excellence Awards as part of the WaterPro Conference on Monday, October 6, in Seattle, WA.  According to the press release, NRWA director Kent Watson commended the FRWA on their “endeavors to achieve as much as possible with the resources available for their membership, which is over 2,000.” He goes on to say that, “Their Board of Directors, membership and a vast number of programs and services

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