The Big Bear City Community Services District Sewer Department operates 7 sewer lift stations within our wastewater collection system. Lift stations are placed at low points within our sewer collection system. They pump raw sewage through a pressurized force main until it reaches a higher elevation and is then discharged into a gravity manhole. By this method, pumping stations are used to move sewage though the collection system and eventually flow to the Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater (BBARWA) treatment plant.
The CSD Sewer Department utilizes a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor the seven lift stations 7days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. This computer system allows operators to remotely monitor, operate, and troubleshoot any pumping station in the system and it will alert the on-call operator of any problems.
Today many personal hygiene wipes and cleaning products are marketed as being "flushable". Despite the confusing labels, you should never flush "flushable" or "disposable" products. The only items you should flush are human waste and toilet paper. Just because something disappears down your toilet doesn't mean it won't cause a problem in your sewer pipe, or further down the line at our lift stations. When a pump impeller becomes clogged at a lift station nine times out of ten it is caused by these "flushable" products and can contribute to blockages, back-ups, and overflows.
PLEASE, DISPOSE OF THESE WIPES IN THE TRASH, NOT THE TOILET!