Sewer Overflow Problem in Modern Cities
When we visit our customers at wastewater treatment plants and ask operators “what are your facility’s most pressing concerns?”, the answers we most frequently hear are ever tightening budget constraints and dealing with aging infrastructure. And this concern echoes not only in the United States, but in many parts of the world. So this is nothing new right? City budget problems have existed for years. Well, the problem is that aging infrastructure designed to treat sewage may not be equipped for rising urban populations and shrinking green space to protect us from harmful bacteria and other negative health effects.
A New York Times article highlights these concerns. For example, more than 9400 of 25000 American sewage systems have reported violating environmental laws by dumping partially treated human waste, chemicals and other hazardous materials in lakes, rivers and waterways. “This may contribute to more than 20 million illnesses each year in the U.S. alone from drinking water contaminated with bacteria and other pathogens that spread from untreated waste.”* When sewage systems overflow they may be discharged close to water intake points or public beaches which is of major concern.*
Sewage Pump at a New York State municipal wastewater treatment plant. This is a plunger style pump that is very popular for primary wastewater treatment. Less popular alternatives are lobe pumps, screw pumps, double disc pumps and progressive cavity pumps
When consulting engineers’ and facility operators begin to plan an upgrade for their sewage treatment plants most are considering four primary pumps: Plunger pump technology
, rotary lobe pumps, progressive cavity and double disc pumps. Continue reading
Orange County Sewage Pumps
Orange county is home to dozens of resorts, hotels and theme parks which generate tens of millions of gallons of wastewater that needs to be treated every year. When an Orlando, Florida renewable energy company earned a multiyear contract to accept waste from local resorts and theme parks, they needed severe duty pumps to transfer thick slurries and solids.
The details of the project called on the requirement of pumps to transfer ground up seafood shells, grease trap waste, utensils, animal renderings, wastewater and more. In this application, the waste is unloaded from a tanker into a waste pit. The waste is then transferred to a conveyor system which then separates most of the foreign objects like utensils, large solids, plastic bags and more. The remaining waste is sent through the Sludge Master plunger pump and then to the digesters of the wastewater treatment plant. With millions of people visiting Orlando resorts and theme parks every year, this amounts to a lot of waste, as tanker trucks deliver new loads of slurry like liquid waste around the clock. Continue reading
Primary Sludge Pump Options
Primary sludge pumps are typically used in municipal Wastewater treatment facilities to transfer digested sewage and sludge. This is a broad pump category that encompasses positive displacement pumps to pump sludge in ranges usually up to about 500 GPM. The choices of pumps vary from double diaphragm pumps, plunger pumps, double disc pumps, rotary lobe pumps, progressive cavity pumps and more.
In todays pump marketplace, there are generally two schools that operators and consulting engineers follow when specifying primary sludge pumps. The first option is Continue reading
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.