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Chemicals in the Wolf River
Dust, dirt and grime all washed away in just minutes at the car wash. But it's the nearby Wolf River where the dirt and chemicals are going according to car wash owner Jeff Wicinsky.
"If we have soaps coming out of the car wash, leaking into the ground because the sanitary district is not maintaining their portion of the deal, and I know it's happening in other locations, we're affecting the river drastically, says Jeff Wicinski. Wicinski says the issue began when the wolf river sanitary district billed him for two failed pump. The sanitary district tells NBC 26 abrasive materials from the car wash caused the pumps to fail.
Wicinsky says from the holding tank in the car wash to the drain line leading out to the pump, everything on his end has passed inspection. "The problem is definitely with the actual sanitary district's grinder pump pit", states Jeff Wicinsky, this video shot from inside the pump proves it. "The tank has multiple tears in it, multiple leaks", says Jeff.
Jack Soper is the plumber who inspected the car wash and the sanitary district's tank and says there is no doubt the water pumps are failing because of debris.
"The sand is also coming in with the water which is creating the problems with their pumps, which they are trying to say is jeff's, is coming from his car wash, but it's not", says Jack Soper. Even a judge agrees. "The district did not actually determine the actual cause of the damage to the pump before assessing the cost for the repair to laser investments", says Wicinsky. And as the court battle over who is responsible for the repairs continues, so does the leaking tank.