Weekly Flush: Septic Pumper Fires Back at Sheriff's Accusations of Illegal Operation

Also in this week's septic-related news, a 3-year-old girl in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, is uninjured after being rescued from inside a septic tank

Weekly Flush: Septic Pumper Fires Back at Sheriff's Accusations of Illegal Operation

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There’s been an interesting development in an article Pumper.com first shared back in March about a local sheriff’s office that had received complaints about an unethical, under-the-table septic services operation.

The Pawnee County (Kansas) Sheriff’s Office shared a Facebook post alleging that the company owner was offering illegal liquid waste disposal services at $1.15 to $1.50 per gallon. But now, that same man says the sheriff’s office inaccurately characterized him and his role in his grandfather’s septic services operation.

The man, Kelly Steele, says his grandfather owns the business, but that it was his own mugshot that had been posted online. Furthermore, the family is saying none of the information shared by the authorities was true and they claim to have paperwork proving that the business is operating legally, and that the accusations have hurt business.

Neither side seems willing to back down.

In other news, a 3-year-old girl reportedly fell into a septic tank recently in the Wahpeton Dakota Nation just northwest of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Paramedics arrived on scene at the reservation and found that bystanders had rescued the girl from the tank before they arrived. She was transported to the hospital in good condition.

Parkland Ambulance first responder Lyle Karasiuk tells paNOW that people need to be more observant this time of year, making sure septic systems are both covered and marked.

Another septic rollover last month serves as a good reminder that tankers can be difficult to operate safely. Traffic was at a standstill on the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu, California, after a septic truck overturned and was struck by another vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Somehow, no sewage spilled in the accident, and thankfully, both parties in the vehicles were uninjured.

The cause of the overturned pumper truck remains under investigation.

Usually when you find yourself putting near a toilet, it’s the last hole at a gimmicky mini-golf course, but not so for Kevin Chappell at the PGA Championship in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Chappell teed off on the fifth hole only to send the ball into a grouping of portable restrooms. The wayward ball rolled beneath a portable and continued to roll, only to find its flight to freedom blocked by a fence. 

After course officials determined the ball was stuck between the portable restroom and fence, Chappell was allowed to drop a ball in the nearby rough and continue playing. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the No. 53-ranked golfer worldwide finished the tournament tied for 65th place.


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