Thumbs up: It’s definitely a little strange to give a thumbs-up to something — anything — relating to sewage. But it’s always a good thing to not have a sewage-related problem arise. That’s why we’re relieved to learn that Carroll County officials have added a grinder pump to plans for the new Schoolhouse Road pumping station. The grinder, officials say, is expected to extend the pump’s life by pulverizing flushed baby wipes and preventing clogs — and, most importantly, a fatberg. What in the wide world of sports is that, you ask? Well, don’t think too much about it, but a fatberg is a mass of waste that can form when flushed wipes cling together with hardened fat and oil, clogging systems and grossing out everyone. This has happened in recent years in the United Kingdom and in Baltimore — thankfully, it was far worse on the other side of the pond. But this is not a problem any Carroll countians should want to risk facing. The cost to install the grinder pump and a manhole is not to exceed $200,000, which is no minor cost. But we argue it’s worthwhile, in part because of what it would cost to remove a fatberg and in part because, as county officials told us, it would be far more expensive to install later. Of course, we can all help prevent the problem by not flushing wipes, even ones marked “flushable” on their packaging — they don’t biodegrade. But we take some relief in knowing that this grinder can make sure Carroll County doesn’t get in the news for such a stinky reason.