Pumping Out Tanks With Diaphragm Pumps

Mobile Diaphragm Pump

You name the tank that needs to be pumped out and we have heard of at least a few customer applications that correspond with that tank. Underground septic tanks, lagoon transfer, transport truck tankers, locomotive tankers, waste pits and waste vegetable oil drums are among the most popular. What you have to keep in mind is that in most of these applications, you will need a pump that can easily maneuver in areas to access the discharge valve or at least some place where you can place the suction hose.

Randy K. from Columbus, GA, contacted Wastecorp about his settling tank pump out operation:

“I Need assistance to find the correct pumps to transfer mud consistency wastewater, brackish water and abrasive media out of settling tanks at a mining application we have. We have a need for three or four pumps that need to be mobile. We have been told that a diaphragm pump with check balls might work. The pump also needs to be able to handle gritty waste water and slurry. We are pumping up around 8-10’ and pumping out vertically to a screen another 60’ What do you recommend?” Randy K. Columbus GA.

Well Randy, it has long been known in the pump business that when you have a variety of media to pump, your pump must be versatile. The Mud Sucker B Series Professional diaphragm pump is one of those products. Take the Mud Sucker® 3B Series you see in the photo above. This is being transported around a six mile long public space along New York City’s West side. This Mud Sucker pumps everything from septic waste, cleaning up construction wastewater containing aggregate, waste vegetable oil from City operated restaurants and more. The check balls help to manage the solids and if something should get stuck in the pump you simply unbolt the valve covers, remove the check ball, find the blockage and you’re back in business. This is like a 5-10 minute process.

The Mud Sucker® B Series can pump up to 80 GPM and transfer fluids up to 300’ vertically so you will have plenty of pumping power. Keep in mind, that as wastewater gets thicker these values can vary. The pump you see above is shown with an off road utility trailer that we manufactured for the client’s needs. This is a heavy duty trailer but adapts to the tight New York City spaces that the pump must maneuver through. The best part is, we can manufacture these pumps and trailer systems specifically for your needs with hose bins, lockable storage containers and tanks for waste water collection and fresh water distribution. More information can be found at www.wastecorp.com or by calling 1-888-829-2783.

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

Pump Out for Water Tour Boats and Cruise Vessels

Pump Out for Cruise Ships and Water Tour Vessels

Pump Out for Cruise Ships and Water Tour Vessels

Pumping Out Bilge Waste

Like all commercial vessels, tour boat operators are required to properly dispose of holding tank (bilge) waste.  There are many methods of doing so ranging from a fixed pump out station, using a pump out vessel, a third party service or having your own pumps to do the job.

We’re profiling the case of one New York City based tour boat operator who uses the Mud Sucker 2FA-EC diaphragm pump to manage their pump out operations. First, some background. New York’s five boroughs are home to over a dozen ferry operators, water tours, water taxis – both public and private.  Millions of visitors and residents use any one of these services every year. Managing the kind of waste associated with so much visitor traffic requires some creativity and a pump out that can do the job without hassles over the long haul. Keeping the harbors clean is a mission backed by most New Yorker’s and the Mayor’s office.

Many operators use the Mud Sucker as a quick way to empty both waste oil (from their kitchens) and their vessels’ waste holding tanks with fluid transfer capabilities ranging from 20-160 GPM. The added advantage with the Mud Sucker is that it can transfer waste oil including waste trap grease and used vegetable oil. Since many boat operators have a kitchen for entertaining passengers as well as restrooms, it only makes sense to have a pump that can transfer both bilge waste and cooking oil. Continue reading

Waste Oil and Wastewater Pumps for the Natural Gas Industry


Pump Systems for Natural Gas and Power Generation

Honey wagon waste containment systems are used across a wide range of industries and have endless application uses. Waste containment systems are used to pump out wastewater, oil or septic waste from storage tanks, lagoons, barrels and more. The national gas industry requires honey wagons as well. From natural gas well process uses, wastewater containment and facilities management, portable waste containment systems play a valuable role in collecting wastewater and safely transporting is to an environmentally responsible dump station. With the advent of fracking, Continue reading

How to Use a Honey Wagon

Getting the most of your honey wagon pump out system will help you maximize your day-to-day productivity. In the video above you will see how to use the honey wagon to pump both into and out of the tank with the same pump. You will also see how easy it is to change the direction of flow when needed.

To review the definition of “what is a honey wagon”; this is a system designed to pump out fluids into a holding tank or a tote. fluids can include septic waste from portable toilets, RV grey and black water, bilge waste and waste oil, waste hydraulic oil, waste vegetable oil (WVO) and more. Honey wagons are sold to campgrounds, government agencies like the military, Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Wastewater treatment facilities, public works agencies, the Department of Transportation (DOT), Marinas, construction companies and all kinds of industrial applications.


How to Use a Honey Wagon

How to Use a Honey Wagon

We have often heard customers asking whether or not they could build their own honey wagon. The answer of course is yes, but we strongly suggest you go with a reputable honey wagon manufacturer instead. Obviously, from a sales point of view Wastecorp designs and manufactures them and we are in business to sell them. But aside from that, customers must keep in mind that when you haul hundreds or even thousands of lbs of waste, the proper safety precautions must be taken. For example, there is heavy surge in the tank when breaking, so your trailer should be equipped with electric brakes and government approved lighting kits to safely come to a complete stop. Third, Wastecorp has sold thousands of honey wagons and has the ability to negotiate discounted pricing on all the proper components you need to safely haul your honey wagon. Chances are, you will get a cheaper system from buying your pump out from a honey wagon manufacturer than you can on buying the individual components yourself and paying retail price. Finally, you are spending thousands of dollars one way or the other on your new pump out system. Why not do it properly the first time?