Sewage Grinders Fighting Wipes at Wonderland Pumping Station

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Case Study: Sewage Grinders Fighting Wipes at Wonderland Pumping Station

Monster Sewage Grinders never back down in the fight against tough wipes pump clogs!

Case Study: Sewage Grinders Fighting Wipes at Wonderland Pumping Station

Problem: Clogged pumps and reweaving of materials from flushable wipes

Solution: Wipes Ready Channel Monster Sewage Grinders

Dealing with tough debris and clogged pumps and pipes in sewage systems are significant and costly issues for many municipal public works departments. These problems are escalating in many places the world over due to the growing popularity of flushable wipes products.  Compounding the situation are aging facilities and a lack of funding for sewer and utility systems to upgrade pumping systems and install sewage grinders. These issues can cost extensive amounts of downtime and capital due to frequent maintenance, equipment repairs and unscheduled shutdowns.

The City of London, Ontario, was recently facing all these problems at one of their sewage pump stations where flushable wipes were overwhelming.

“We were having an insurmountable amount of rags weaving in our wet wells.”

The city’s operations and maintenance department staff wanted a solution that was reliable, effective and easy to maintain.  They turned to JWC Environmental for help where they found the Channel Monster sewage grinders.  Outfitted with the latest Wipes Ready technologies they were hoping for a home run.

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Channel Monster Cuts Maintenance Costs and Protects Pumps in Santa Ana

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Channel Monster Cuts Maintenance Costs and Protects Pumps in Santa Ana

Clogging Gone When Sewage Grinder Pumps up the Protection

Case Study: Channel Monster Sewage Grinder Pumps up Protection in Santa Ana

The Channel Monster, custom fitted for Santa Ana manhole, slides down a guide rail for an easy access sewage grinder.

Pumps clogging with debris caused the City of Santa Ana to call for a Channel Monster sewage grinder.   Contributing to the unbudgeted expense in maintenance, operators were having to break open pump fittings to reach the problem area, and pull the rag balls out, every time there was a back up in their system.

“We had to find a solution,” said Nabil Saba, P.E., Acting Water Manager for the City. “Every time the pumps would clog we had to go in there.  It’s a confined space so, not easy.  Every time we had to open the pumps and break the seals.  And every time the workers are exposed to raw sewage.”

Read more about cutting maintenance costs and protecting pumps with this Monster sewage grinder.

Monster Grinder cuts $78,000 from energy costs

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Monster Grinder cuts $78,000 from energy costs
Case Study: Monster Grinder cuts $78,000 from energy costs

Built in 1977, the Santa Margarita reclaimed water facility was initially intended to provide water for landscape irrigation in the district. During a typical 12-month period today, the facility brings in 680 million gallons of sewage and sends out 620 gallons of reclaimed water. But starting in about 2012, the pumps would begin to lose efficiency as the wipes loading increased. All pumps, including standbys, would have to run to maintain plant production. Once they reached 60 Hz the plant would need to shut down to derag the pumps.

“This upgrade cost significantly less than purchasing a whole new set of pumps,” says Ron Johnson, facilities supervisor for the SMWD facility.

Learn why Johnson agrees with most when he says,”Our choice to go with a new Channel Monster, to me, is priceless.” Read the full case study here.