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Flossmoor to build new sewage system lift station equipped with ‘chopper’ pump

Swiffer mop pads – a common culprit clogging today’s wastewater disposal systems – may be meeting their match in Flossmoor.

Village board members unanimously voted Tuesday to construct a new $350,000 sewage system lift station that includes a “chopper pump” capable of shredding just about anything that, rightly or wrongly, is flushed down a toilet.

The new pumps can chop up rags and rope, said Public Works Director John Brunke. But they are especially needed in the battle against Swiffer pads.

“They are our biggest problem,” Brunke said. “People put the mop heads in their toilets and they clog the . . .

Winter events


  • Flossmoor Business Association open house, 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Flossmoor.


  • Holiday Lights in Homewood, 5 to 9 p.m., Ridge Road and Martin Avenue downtown. Shopping, carousel, mulled wine, cookies, ice sculpture, music, antique car parade.
  • Tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, 7 p.m., Irwin Park.


  • Janet Gustafson’s gingerbread village tours, 3 to 6 p.m. Register at flossmoor.org.


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