Our City Has Been Cleaning Sewer Lines For Many Years; Why Should We Be Concerned Now?

Contact with wastewater and raw sewage is much more dangerous today than at any time in the past 50 years, and our ability to successfully treat the potential outcome of this contact (bacterial infection) is quickly disappearing.

If you travel to cities as often as we do, you’ll generally meet a number of sewer workers who are convinced they’ve contracted an illness from cleaning sewer lines. You also meet sewer workers who believe their family’s health is affected by their job. These sewer workers wash their work clothes at home, and their wife does the laundry. She also cooks, and has direct contact with their children. Therefore, if the wife gets sick, the children typically get sick, too. Can anyone prove that contact with dirty work clothes caused their sickness? Of course not. However, no creditable public health agency or wastewater safety source thinks washing wastewater soiled work clothes at home is a good idea. Sewer workers do get sick, and some wonder if their job is affecting their family’s health.

Wastewater and raw sewage contains “super bugs” that neither our immune system, nor antibiotics can reliably kill. To make matters worse, the days of effective and cheap antibiotics is ending. New antibiotics, if successfully developed, are going to be very expensive. For example, today you can treat a MRSA infection with Vancomycin for about $100 and have a 50/50 probability of success. However, if you are not successful, the next antibiotic of choice is Cubicin, and it costs $2,500 per treatment. What happens if new antibiotics are not developed, or, if developed, we cannot afford them? We will return to the pre-penicillin days, when 4 out of 10 people who contracted pneumonia died.

Common sense tells us reducing exposure to wastewater limits the potential of contracting an infection or disease. The Vanguard System dramatically reduces sewer worker exposure to the bacteria and viruses contained in wastewater, and, although it is not perfect, the Vanguard System combined with a pair of gloves is significantly better than gloves alone. Now that you know the facts, doesn’t it make sense to protect your people with Vanguard System?