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Lehi Water Department rescues flushed wedding ring from sewer

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Jul 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-15 22:33:33-04

By Alexandria Autrey

LEHI - The Lehi Water Department recovered a lost wedding ring from the sewer after a young child flushed it down the toilet.

Nikki Hall said when she woke up and couldn't find her wedding ring, she assumed her 2-year-old daughter was the culprit, and she was right.

"I asked her immediately, I was like, "Peyton, where is my ring?' And she was like, 'It's in the toilet," she said.

Hall's husband called the Lehi Water Department, and they responded. A camera located the ring in a sewage pipe about 500 feet from the Hall's home. Water department officials ran a snake down two sections of a sewer mainline, washed the ring to a manhole and retrieved it from a sewer.

"I really appreciate the efforts Wes and his crew put into retrieving this very special piece of jewelry. It would have been so easy to simply say ‘sorry, ma’am.’ As it turned out, a very special memory, that will undoubtedly be the topic of many family reunions, was preserved because of a little extra effort put forth by a group of hard-working employees," said Todd Munger, Lehi’s Public Works Director.

Water department employee Weston Winters said he was happy to help.

"Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to retrieve personal articles for residents, and it’s always rewarding when we are able to successfully return valuable or sentimental items to someone who is afraid they’ve lost something forever," he said. "It’s a good feeling to know that we were able to utilize our training and experience and be of service."

Hall said she is grateful to have her ring back.

"I didn't even care what it was covered in," she said. "I was just so happy to see it. I just lost it. I started crying."