Collections Crew Returns Lost Engagement Ring

The ingenuity and quick response of a two-person crew from the Jurupa Community Service District saves the day for one lucky customer.
Collections Crew Returns Lost Engagement Ring
Upon arrival, the crew immediately installed a 6-inch trap device which they lowered in place by a rope into the downstream drop manhole. (photo courtesy of JCSD)

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A frantic bride-to-be will have a story for the ages after her engagement ring was saved from a sewer in Jurupa Valley, California, KABC reported last week.

The Jurupa Community Services District received a call from Carissa Wolter who was upset that her engagement ring and a pair of earrings were accidentally flushed down the toilet about 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

“I stood there in shock, like I wasn’t sure if I really flushed it,” Wolter told KABC. “We started taking the toilet apart to see if it was still there; clearly it wasn’t.”

Wolter called JCSD at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, and sewer department collections staff members Daniel Cardenas and Shawn Coonce arrived on the scene shortly thereafter.

“The crew upon arrival immediately installed a 6-inch trap device which they lowered in place by a rope into the downstream drop manhole,” says Jim Payfer, JCSD sewer systems supervisor. “Instead of using a jet truck, which produces high pressure, they opted for a low-pressure method using a garden hose.

Cardenas and Coonce noticed that the homeowner had previously removed the toilet in an attempt to retrieve the jewelry, Payfer says. “So they proceeded to introduce enough water flow form the garden hose into the toilet bowl flange opening to slowly push the jewelry downstream through the building sewer out into the sewer mainline.”

Eventually the jewelry washed into the waiting trap located down the street and was recovered by the crew just after 9 a.m., less than two hours after the service call.

“The young lady was actually very wise and reading online about how not to flush anymore water, and it helped her out a lot,” Cardenas told KABC. “A ring like that is very important, and we’re just happy we were able to do the best to successfully recover it.”

“To have it come back to be on her finger is priceless,” Wolter’s fiancé Kevin Winter said. “It was just amazing.”

Needless to say, Wolter was also very grateful of the work performed by the JCSD crew. “Without them, I wouldn’t have my engagement ring,” she said. Wolter also publically thanked the agency on Twitter:

Wolter and Winter were engaged on May 6, according to KABC, and have yet to set a wedding date for 2016.

Payfer says JCSD has received similar calls in the past, but those were many years ago.

Last December, MSW reported on a collection services crew from the Union Sanitary District in Union City, California, that found a Bay Area's diamond and sapphire ring that was flushed down the toilet by their 3-year-old son.

Source: KABC



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