Home Owners Associations have several considerations to make when selecting pumps for the variety of tasks they face. This includes pumping mud and sand from irrigation tanks to removing excess water from ponds and flood management after a storm. James W. from Fort Collins, CO recently contacted Wastecorp about the decisions his HOA had to make when selecting pumps for general wastewater pumping:
“We are pumping mud and sediment from the bottom of our irrigation holding tanks from which we pump irrigation water collected from ditches in our community. We reuse this water to irrigate common areas and private lots.”
“The holding tank is about 20 feet deep and 4 feet in diameter. We need a pump out system to remove accumulated mud and sand from the tank to prevent clogging in the irrigation pumps. We would estimate a two inch intake and discharge with about 85 GPM should be adequate. Our HOA would like an RFP from Wastecorp for our pumping needs. What are some of your premilinary recommendations?”
Thank you, James W. – Colorado, USA
James, HOA’s using our disaster relief pumping systems have had success while keeping the pump costs low for homeowners. Don’t be dismayed by the name “disaster relief”, this simply means it is designed to pump all kinds of fluids and provide a fresh water source in the same unit. So how can this pump system help your HOA? With the disaster relief pumping system you simply suck out the mud and sand mixed with water from your holding tank and contain it for later disposal. Here comes the interesting part, a separate holding tank shown here provides fresh water for irrigating homeowner properties and dirt parking lots. Essentially what you have is an all-in-one waste containment system plus water trailer. These units typically start in the $7,000 range and go up to about $12,000-$13,000. Now, what your HOA committee will probably ask for is quotes from water truck companies and septic pump truck services. These can run anywhere from $300-$1000 per visit and if you have a flood or a severe rain storm you will be waiting for a long time to have your community pumped out. This is why this Wastecorp system makes sense. You can see a video of the pump out here and learn more about it here.
We help home owners associations find the right pumping equipment to suit their needs. You can reach Wastecorp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-829-2783.