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Pumping Stringy Material at Wastewater Plants

Any wastewater treatment plant operator will typically tell you that one of the biggest hassles they face daily is pumping stringy material from a variety of sources. The problem here is that the material tends to get stuck in the impellers of trash pumps and wreak havoc on lobe pumps. Phil H. from Clyde, Texas tells us about his quest to find a better solution

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Lobe Pump Alternatives

The first visit to a wastewater treatment plant with lobe pumps was a shocker. $550,000 in replacement parts costs spent over the course of just 3-4 years. My response to the plant operator was, “you haven’t spent $550,000 in plunger pump parts over 30 years” so why is the consulting engineer specifying those types of pumps!”

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Pumps for Catch Basin Pumping

Pumps for industrial catch basins

Industrial companies, transit authorities, railways and public infrastructure areas can face unique challenges when it comes to pumping out catch basins and sumps during heavy rain and other storms. During storms, it is often other fluids such as waste oil, hydraulic fluid, gasoline, diesel and other potentially hazardous fluids that present issues to pump operations. Earl L. from Washington sheds light on some frequent questions from operations managers and engineers:

“Pump will be used to transfer water with oil from a shallow collection basin underneath an escalator to a gravity oil/water separator prior to discharge. This area has minor base flow of groundwater with rain infiltration. The basin while shallow covers an area that can contain 1,000 gallons during a rain event. The pumping cycle will be 50-60% during a rain event and minimal operation during dry periods. Pump would need to be mounted on a concrete pad. What does Wastecorp have to offer and who have you worked with in the past to solve such issues?”
Thank you,
Earl L. Environmental Management
Washington State

Earl, Wastecorp is involved in a number of projects for pumping out industrial catch basins and other waste pits for commercial applications, railways and transit authorities in the the pumping of fuel laced wastewater and select chemicals during heavy rain. In the photo you see below a Virginia railyard uses our Mud Sucker B Series diaphragm pumps mounted about the collection basins and sump pits. The rail yard is known to have coal

These pumps also have variable speed controllers mounted directly on the pump so the operator can control the speed of the pump and the volume of fluid being transferred.

The consulting engineering firm specified pulsation dampeners on both the suction and the discharge of these catch basin pumps. The reason is to reduce the “kick” or pulsation in the line when pumps transfer thin liquids like water.

You will also notice that there is an enclosure surrounding the pumps which are mounted on a concrete pad. The reasoning behind this is to protect the equipment for UV rays, fluctuating temperatures and dirt. This enclosure also contains a heater to ensure that the pumps are able to operate all year.

Catch basin pump applications usually involve specific specifications for pumps, hoses and control panels. Wastecorp has a long track record working with consulting engineers and operators on these types of projects. Contact Wastecorp’s dedicated staff on industrial catch basin pumps at 1-888-829-2783 or email info@wastecorp.com read more

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Your Water Trailers Options and Suggestions

Wastecorp is pleased to announce our water trailer pump products. Water trailers, (also referred to as  “water buffalo” or “water wagon”) provide fresh water distribution using a high pressure trash pump or diaphragm pump.  These water distribution systems are used to control dust on construction sites, cement cutting water needs, landscaping, paving companies, special venue water services and military water distribution needs. Water trailer also are available with components for NSF compliant drinking water applications used for special events like marathons and festivals, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance.

Water Trailer Tank Sizes

Wastecorp water trailers are available in sizes ranging from 150-5000 gallons directly from Wastecorp or qualified dealers in the USA or Canada. The best part is, your water trailer is manufactured by Wastecorp Pumps with hosing, check plate galvanized deck material and frame, so you’re getting a professional system by a professional ISO 9001 certified water trailer manufacturer.

 

Water Trailer Fill Options

Wastecorp water trailers can be filled by municipal fire hydrant, fresh water ponds or garden hose
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Silent Pump Options for Municipal Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities

High head dry prime pumps for water treatment plants

Wastecorp has launched a high volume and high discharge head pumping solution for municipal water treatment facilities. The Trash Flow TFVH Series dry prime pump with high head capabilities is available in 6”x4”, 8”x6”,  10” x 8” and 12” x8”. This enable the pump operator to transfer water  and wastewater starting at  5400 GPM up to 12000 GPM. Maximum discharge head ranges from 450 ft. up to 720 ft. This enables water treatment plants located in areas with inclines, hills and mountains to effectively transfer water during bypass operations, WTP maintenance or water treatment facility expansions

 

Wastecorp offers trailer mounted and skid mounted models with an optional “Husher” sound attenuated enclosure to reduce noise levels in residential areas. Continuing Wastecorp’s tradition of using premium industry leading components, The Trash Flow TFVH Series is available with the customer’s choice of CAT diesel engines, John Deere, Deutz or Toshiba electric motors. Custom configured control panels with optional touch screens allows the operator state-of-the art control of the dry prime pump system. 80-120 gallon fuels tanks are available and optional float switches, non-collapsible hosing and fleet management solutions is also available.

 

Trash Flow TFVH-6×4

The Trash Flow TFVH-6×4 features a 6” suction and a 4” discharge with max capacity of 3000 GPM. The TFV-6×4 is capable of transferring up to 3” solids and maximum head of 490 ft. Engines are available up to 174 hp. This pump is ideal for mining application with higher discharge head requirements, construction sites and water treatment facilities. More information can be found at:

https://wastecorp.com/Products/Trash-Pumps-Dry-Prime/TFVH-4M-4-Inch-Dry-Prime-High-Head-Trash-Pump

 

 

Trash Flow TFVH-8×6

When pumping up to 5400 GPM and 450 ft. of head, Wastecorp Trash Flow TFVH elevates high volume pumping to the next level. With up to 3” solids handling capabilities and up to 450 HP engines, Municipal public works, mining and industrial applications have a trusted partner to get the job done. This dry prime pump includes an 8” suction and 6” discharge. More information on this pump can be found at:

https://wastecorp.com/Products/Trash-Pumps-Dry-Prime?product_id=400

 

 

 

Trash Flow TFVH-10×8 – Dry Prime Pump

The TFVH-10×8 is a powerful high head dry prime pump with water transfer capabilities up to 6500 GPM with up to 450 ft. of head. For applications with water containing solids the operator can pump up to 3.5” solids. Select engines up to 520 HP. Check out the link below for more information

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Upstate New York Municipal WWTP Upgrades Sewage Pump

New municipal sewage pump

Winter in northern climates brings a host of challenges for municipal sewage pumping. With heavy rain and snowfall, America sewage treatment plants must pump through a cycle of runoff and grit in addition to pumping raw activated sludge from December through April every year. Only the toughest sludge pumps can provide a long life cycle and reduced component wear through these design conditions.

 

This was just the case for an Oneida County New York wastewater treatment facility. The decades old wastewater treatment facility recently underwent a massive upgrade to improve their pumping operations with new sludge pumping equipment and control panels to manage a growing community and the harsh winter weather.

Working with the end users and local contractors, Wastecorp designed, manufactured and installed a next generation Sludge Master PE 1141 dual ball valve plunger pump. The facility selected a guided stuffing box assembly to help reduce wear on the plunger and pump packing. The dual ball valve configuration helps to manage higher than average solids concentrations of above 10%. The PE-1141 comes equipped with graphite flax packing and a u-cup ring to improve leak reduction and sludge pumping performance.

The suction and discharge gauges provide on demand pump pressure information to help detect a blockage or closed valve in the system. This Sludge Master PE Series replaced an aging Carter Plunger Pump and the installation was achieved with few modifications to the piping arrangement making the Sludge Master a cost effective replacement.

 

The facility also installed a state-of-the art variable frequency drive system to optimize pump performance and save on energy costs.

When it comes time to rethink your sewage handling pumping equipment, talk to a leader in sewage pump manufacturing with an over 30 year trach record designing and manufacturing sewage pump worldwide. Talk to Wastecorp Pumps. read more