Pumping Stringy Material at Wastewater Plants

Stringy material pump

Stringy material pump

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 from Clyde, Texas tells us about his quest to find a better solution:

“A buddy of mine has been using your Mud Sucker diaphragm pumps at a public works facility down the road from me and we are considering the same. Our WWTP pumps a lot of stringy material from mops and unknown fibrous material. We are using non clog trash pumps now but make no mistake, the impeller still gets clogged. We need something better. We have seen diaphragms used on honey wagons to pump all sorts of material and they have worked. We work with less than 5% solids and need to pump around 100 GPM with a TDH of about 15’. What do you recommend and what do I need to budget?” – Phil H. Clyde, Texas
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How to Pump Out and Have Potable Water With One Pump System

Pump Out and Wash Down With One Unit

Pump Out and Wash Down With One Unit

We have customers constantly calling in and asking about methods to contain wastewater, septic waste, waste oil and industrial chemicals while providing fresh water services at the same time. In most cases, the reason for this is that the pump user wants to pump out dirty water and either rinse or sanitize the area.  Barry R. from Los Angeles, CA exemplifies some of the calls we get regarding this issue:

 “Hi, the DPW for LA City is looking for a more productive way  to pump out septic waste and dirty standing water and then rinse the area after use. We would preferably want one pump and tank system to do the job. We are looking for proposals for our parks, sanitation and road maintenance areas with varying sizes. What do you suggest?” Barry R –  Los Angeles, California

 

Barry, one of the ways you can achieve these results is by looking at the unit we designed for a city agency in the photo above. This unit shows a 725 gallon waste tank with a Mud Sucker Diaphragm Pump doing the dirty work of pumping out. The separate tank you see on the front of the unit is a 150 gallon fresh water tank which is FDA approved for drinking water. There is a separate high pressure pump on board to provide wash down services if you have public venues like street fairs or concerts that require portable toilet pumping or to rinse off streets. Barry, the entire system features a galvanized deck so the DPW doesn’t have to worry about corrosion or premature wear for years to come. As for unit sizes, for your parks as an example, we can design almost any tank size combination. Just as a reference; An Michigan parks department  wanted a 100 gallon waste, plus 100 gallon water tank fleet that could be towed by their John Deere Gators. That’s no problem.

 

Septic Pump Out Plus Potable Water Pump System

Septic Pump Out Plus Potable Water Pump System

Plus, you have the added comfort that many other government agencies use Wastecorp Pump out +fresh water distribution systems as well. Military Agencies use these products for their bases and training centers, construction companies use them on infrastructure projects and more. Hope this helps but contact us if you have any more questions at 1-888-829-2783 or info@wastecorp.com

Aod Pumps: Repair it or Replace it?

AOD Pumps: Repair or Replace Them.

AOD Pumps: Repair or Replace Them. See The Mud Sucker (not an AOD pump on the left)

 

Ah Aod pumps. They have been around for years for pumping everything from wastewater to oil slurry to sludge. Almost every pump distributor out there has either pushed Wilden, Sand Piper or some other air operated diaphragm pump option at least historically any way. As these pumps age, end users and operators have the issue to grapple with: do I repair my AOD pump or do I replace it? Can I still tolerate my energy bill from Aod pumps or is there a viable alternative? A well known defense contactor pondered these questions and more with a query to Wastecorp’s pump engineering dept.

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Air Operated Diaphragm Pumps

Air Operated Diaphragm Pump

Air Operated Diaphragm Pump

For facilities looking to upgrade existing air operated single or double diaphragm pump systems, now could not be a better time to check out Wastecorp’s new air driven pneumatic Mud Sucker 3” Series. We are now into Mud Sucker pump month at Wastecorp and we are pleased to launch several new models and savings promotions for this wildly popular Wastecorp brand pump.

What is An AOD – Air Operated Diaphragm Pump?
An air operated diaphragm pump (AOD) is a type of pump that is either mechanically driven with an air motor or driven exclusively using an air. Usually a compressor or air hose line in the facility provide the power for the pump. These pumps are offered in single diaphragm versions or double diaphragm versions which are called air operated double diaphragm pumps (AODD).

What Are Some Examples of Air Operated Diaphragm Pumps?
The Mud Sucker 3FA-AP features a  self-lubricating reciprocating air cylinder, 6” bore x 3” stroke, and adjustable solenoid. The air motor is mounted and supported vertically over the pump body, with a heavy duty 13” dia. Santoprene® diaphragm, 3” stroke length and patented contoured velocity channel to aid in pumping tough slurries. Download the fact sheet to learn more.

What Can a Mud Sucker AOD Pump Be Used to Pump?
The Mud Sucker air driven, pneumatic pump series is ideal for industrial wastewater pretreatment, lime slurries, ceramic slip glazing applications and much more (see a more detailed application list below).

Mud Sucker Air Driven Pumps Typical Applications:

Automotive plating and refinishing, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, paint and ink coatings, pulp and paper, industrial pretreatment, municipal, industrial wastewater treatment. See all typical applications
To discuss your air operated diaphragm pump questions with an enginner email info@wastecorp.com or call 1-888-829-2783

Updating Your Wastewater Pumping System

Wastewater pump

Pump Out Replacement

When it comes time to update your wastewater pump system especially for mobile applications you should know your options. There are a range of products available with components designed for your specific application. The photo you see left was sent by a multinational mining company who contacted Wastecorp to design a new fleet system to collect used machine oil and wastewater from various mining sites. The previous pump systems had been in service for over 30 years and the customer required an updated pump out system with added durability and pumping power. The customer also had height restrictions for pumping in a variety of mining facilities including shafts and waste ponds.

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