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Help Wanted!! Full Time Sewer Utility Technician

The Town of Santa Claus is accepting applications for Full Time Sewer Utility Technician experience preferred, but not required.  Salary based on experience. Applications can be obtained at the Town Hall, M-F 8:00am-4:00pm CST. Drug screen, Background Check and Residency (within 10-mile radius of Santa Claus) requirement. “Santa Claus is an EOE.”

Protecting our Wastewater Plant

In 2017, the Town of Santa Claus’ Wastewater Treatment Plant processed 195 million gallons.

It was processed from a collection system…a labyrinth consisting of 65 miles of underground pipe, connections, pumps and lift stations.

Toilets are designed to handle human waste and toilet paper.

Putting other items into this system can not only lead to plumbing problems on your property, but also puts a burden on the entire system resulting in increased costs to all users.

That being said, there are some items that are particularly unsuitable for toilet disposal. Here’s a list:

  • Flushable baby wipes and sani-wipes: No matter what’s on the label, “flushable” wipes do not disintegrate in water as quickly as toilet tissue does.
    See this video from Consumer Reports
  • Dental floss: Waxed or unwaxed, dental floss becomes a veritable seine net catching all sorts of debris, clogging toilets and sewer pipes.
  • Kitty litter and dried poop from a litter box: Toilets are designed for water-soluble waste. When cat poop sits in litter, it gets dehydrated and becomes hard as a rock. These “petrified poops” can get lodged in the labyrinth of pipes exiting the toilet and cause a clog.
  • Hair: Hair will never dissolve in water.
  • Condoms: Condoms will clog toilets and septic tanks.
  • Bleach: Bleach is a very harsh chemical that does not belong in sewerage lines or septic systems.
  • Cigarette butts: Cigarette butts belong in the trash, not the toilet.
  • Diapers/sanitary napkins/paper towels: Think about it. These are made to absorb water, not break apart in it.
  • Chewing gum: Chewing gum never dissolves in water.
  • Cotton balls/swabs: These items are not going to dissolve in water.
  • Food: Some may argue that food is biodegradable, and it is. But it can lodge in plumbing and create a stubborn clog while it’s decomposing.
  • Grease: It might be liquid when it enters the pipes, but as soon as grease cools it solidifies and creates one powerful clog.
  • Fish/snakes/little critters: Flushing live animals down the toilet is not only inhumane, it is stupid.
  • Medication/Illegal drugs: Toilet water cannot destroy the active ingredients in medicines or illegal drugs.
    These should be disposed of during Medicine Cabinet Cleanout Days.

Bottom line: The toilet is designed to dispose of human waste. Using it for any other purpose can not only damage your plumbing, it puts a strain on the entire system.

Flush smart!

 

What is I & I?

At the February 12th Town Council meeting, Superintendent Russ Luthy made a presentation on a problem that plagues every wastewater treatment facility.

The problem is called I & I or Inflow and Infiltration. He also showed footage of a recent Closed Circuit TV inspection of a major sewer line in Santa Claus.

A video of that presentation can be found here.

 

Radio Read Meters

Town of Santa Claus Water Department is fast on its way putting in new radio read meters.  Currently installing in the 4th & 9th subdivisions of Christmas Lake Village. 50% of the town business area is already installed, 90% of Holiday Village is installed. Meter installation will run into 2018, each year more and more radio reads will be installed as the budget allows.

Pay Your Town Utility Bills Online!

Beginning tomorrow, July 1st

Water and sewer customers of the Town of Santa Claus may begin paying their utility bills online by credit card.

The new service is through PayGov.us, used by hundreds of towns and cities across the country.

There is a 3% credit card fee charged for the transaction but it eliminates the need to write a check and mail it or drop it off at Town Hall.

Look for this button on the Home page at TownOfSantaClaus.com.

Customers can continue to pay by mail, drop their payment off at Town Hall or enroll in Auto Pay for direct deductions from your bank account.

Great News for Santa Claus Water Customers

Coming Soon!

Pay your water bill online!

At last Monday’s council meeting, the Town Council passed the following Ordinance:

ORDINANCE 2017-06 AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING FISCAL OFFICER TO ACCEPT CREDIT CARD  PAYMENTS

An agreement has been worked out with Paygov.us to allow payments to be made online or at Town Hall via credit card for water bills. Another convenience for our customers.

More details to follow soon!