When the Charleston Water System noticed that their pumps at the Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Center in South Carolina had clogged, they couldn’t just call in any plumber …
They had to call in a crack team of divers (SEAL Team no. 2, anyone?) to dive into up to 90 feet of raw sewage – in complete darkness – to find and remove the clog by hand. Here’s what they found:
"As we expected, they came up with these large masses of wipes in their first two loads, with more to come. They also found a baseball and a big piece of metal."
The Charleston Water System tweeted some pics, and said, "Don’t flush stuff like this. Joking of course, but you should only flush #1, #2, and toilet paper."
More pics below for those of you who aren’t yet thoroughly grossed out by now.
The diver that they sent in.
Baseball! Who flushes a baseball down the toilet?
From Charleston Water’s tweet: "A diver gets ready to enter the 80 ft. deep wet well, a look at the surface where he entered, and a refreshing bleach bath after a nice long swim. Glad to report that we’ve returned to normal operation today."