Choices for Agricultural Wastewater Pumps

Agricultural Wastewater Pump

Agricultural Wastewater Pump

With agricultural wastewater pumping needs, both government and industry have the challenge of finding pumping equipment that can handle chemical based wastewater like insecticides and PH balancing solutions plus wastewater manure, hair and other solids.

Related: see a case study video on a cattle bath pump system

A case in point is the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) need for professionally designed diaphragm pumps to serve the needs of its cattle inspection stations in various parts of the country. After a trial run of trash pumps failed to produce the required results, the USDA called on Wastecorp to design a pump that can incorporate severe duty lifecycle requirements to pump wastewater containing manure, insecticide, chemicals, hair and other solids.

Diaphragm pump designed for agricultural pumping applications

Diaphragm pump designed for agricultural pumping applications


In some of these operations cattle are offloaded to the inspection station and receive a thorough examination by veternarians and USDA staff to check for desease causing insects and other abnormailities which may render the animal unsuitable for human consumption or pose a threat to other livestock. After the initial examination, cattle are sent to a bath that includes an insecticide designed to control fever ticks, scabbies, horn flies, lice, screw worms and more which is a constant battle for government inspectors and ranchers alike. The animal is fully immersed in the solution and then enters a controlled area where the insecticide can do its job. After a predetermined period for the cattle to dry, they are released to enter into the next stage of the food processing system.

Manure and insecticide transfer system for cattle

Manure and insecticide transfer system for cattle

After the inspection and insecticide application stages are complete the The cattle baths must be carefully pumped out with solids and slurry separted from the wastewater which is trucked out for further treatment. At this facility, a potty wand is connected to the Mud Sucker to prevent large items like hoofs and horns from entering the pump. Any remaining solids are sent through the pump to a grinder with the remaining fluid achieving a slurry like consistency. With new cattle continuously entering the inspection process, the USDA expects a highly productive pump that requires little maintenance and even less down downtime. The Mud Sucker B Series professional delivers.

Related: See specialized agricultural diaphragm pumps for wastewater applications

A New Mobile Pumping Solution

Mobile pumping system

Mobile Waste Containment System

With the official start of camping and boating season right at our door many campgrounds and marinas are considering their septic pumping services for the new season. A common problem at small to mid size campgrounds and marinas is that septic tank trucks have a difficult time maneuvering in tight spaces and of course, there is always the cost and scheduling issues.

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One solution to this problem is the new 100 gallon Wastecorp Mud Sucker honey wagon. The MS-100 can connect to most utility vehicles or ATV’s for easy transportation to trailers, RV’s and even boats. But the best feature of this pumping system is Continue reading

Sludge Pumping in New York With Sludge Master Plunger Pumps

Plunger pump

Plunger pump for sewage treatment. Pump was approved by consulting engineers to transfer primary sludge

Pumping sewage for a city of over eight million people can be a challenging task and that’s exactly what the City of New York and surrounding communities like Westchester County must contend with.  Wastecorp completed a plunger pump sludge moving project for the Ossining Waste Water Treatment Plant; a facility located about 30 miles from Manhattan and within walking distance to Sing Sing Correctional facility.  Wastecorp’s plunger pumps were approved by GHD Consulting Engineers. Mace Contracting completed the installation. See  video

Ossining replaced two existing plunger pumps with next generation Wastecorp Plunger Pumps HPE Series -triplex model HPE 1142. The pumps are designed to transfer thickened sludge to loading trucks that haul it away for sanitary treatment.  The pumps feature heavy duty 11” plungers with a guided stuffing box system to reduce wear on the packing, plungers and connecting rods read more about the guided stuffing box system.

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Primary Sludge Pumps | What you Should Know

Primary Sludge Pumps

Primary Sludge Pumps

With tough sludge pumping applications like those found at municipal Wastewater Treatment Facilities, (WWTP’s) having the right primary sludge pumps can help reduce hassles and your spare parts budget down the road. This was just the case for the City of Meridian’s recent wastewater treatment facility upgrade and expansion in Meridian, Idaho.

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Planning for New Digester Pumps

As many know in the wastewater treatment industry, anaerobic digesters play a key part in biodegradable waste and sewage/sludge management. Many digesters, especially in northern areas of the USA are going through extensive refurbishment or replacement in recent years due to aging infrastructure and population expansion. Climate changes in the Northeast has also played a role in nudging local government to invest in sewage treatment pumping equipment as unpredictable storms can overload the system. New processes in the industry such as screens, grinder pumps have also helped to spur investment in new infrastructure.

Types of Digester Pumps

Plunger pumps, rotary lobe pumps, progressive cavity pumps and double disc pumps are the most common types of digester pumps. These technologies have all been around for decades, but plunger pumps remain one of the preferred pump technologies available to pump municipal sewage, food processing waste and more. One of the primary reasons for this is that as most operators know, sewage can be unpredictable in terms of grit content, thickness of the slurry or presence of solids or stringy material (common in municipal sewage) A plunger pump uses a cylinder to force the liquid from the suction to the discharge side of the pump. Rotary lobe pumps and progressive cavity pumps tend to use complicated engineering to transfer sewage which can clog up the pump which then needs to be disassembled and rebuilt. Plunger pumps are designed to handle variations in sewage and solids and they almost never clog. The only downside to these pump is that they are really not meant for straight water applications.

Who is Involved in Selecting Anaerobic Digestion Pumps?

Typically the city, town or municipality hires a consulting engineering firm to make recommendations on the types of pumps needed. Often, facility staff is valuable in contributing to the future of the new facility because they have seen which pumps work and those that have had problems. Pump manufacturers are also valuable partners in the selection process because they too have project experience and can help the consulting engineer save time and money in planning for the new pumping equipment.

Check out a project recently completed for the City of New York’s Hunts Point WPCP in the Bronx, NY. This case study shows a typical anaerobic digestion pump in action. More information is also available at