Case Study: Monster Manhole Provides Superior Protection for Sewage Pumping at Pilot Flying J

Monster Sewage Grinder Prevents Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Sewage Pumping System

Regardless of the haul route, commercial drivers across America have come to rely on Pilot Flying J truck stops as a comfortable, one-stop respite during the long hours between their destinations. Customers can grab a hot meal, do their laundry, use the business center or even visit an on-site urgent care clinic if needed. The last thing that a customer wants to see or truck stop operator wants to deal with at this travel oasis is a sanitary sewer overflow from the facility’s sewage pumping system.

Planning For Everything – Including Sewage

Since the merger of Pilot TravelCenters LLC and Flying J Inc. in 2010, the new company has expanded their network to over 550 interstate travel centers, all touting superior customer service and enhanced offerings for trucking companies, professional drivers, RV drivers and traveling motorists.  This growth has also driven new requirements on the facility needs for the truck stops.  Due to the enormous customer volume each truck stop experiences on a daily basis – well into the thousands at some locations – Pilot Flying J project engineers are constantly evaluating each truck stop’s waste handling, sewage pumping systems, and how each property is set up to manage it. “Oftentimes, our truck stops are in smaller cities that don’t have the same sewage processing capabilities as larger city locations,” says David Grueser, project manager at Pilot Flying J.

“We’ve seen articles of clothing, soup cans, golf balls, boots, and all sorts of debris appear in our waste lines — meaning someone was trying to flush those things down a toilet,” explains Grueser.

This sort of debris will lead to wastewater pump clogs and can lead to a devastating sanitary sewer overflow which can shut down operations at the travel center.  This influx of tough debris can also flood into local sewage pumping systems, which in many cases are ill-equipped to deal with such a high volume of trash…

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