Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Breast-Cancer Research

Kirk Roberts, Randy Cordrey, George Palenzuela and Harry Fritz

U.S. Submergent Technologies sponsored — and WON! — the first annual Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Employees Golf Challenge benefiting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The event raised $11,400. Way to go, guys!

Uncovered Treasures

Here it is. It's no big deal.

“Here it is! It’s no big deal.”

This affectionately named dingy was uncovered at a treatment plant near Panama City, FL. We’re such big “Caddyshack” fans, we didn’t think it was fair not to share. 

Hello, Daytona Beach!

We made it to the great FRWA conference and back! 

Randy Cordrey, Richard Smith and Keith Sommers at the Florida Rural Water Association Annual Conference.

Randy Cordrey, Richard Smith and Keith Sommers at the Florida Rural Water Association Annual Conference.

Our U.S. Submergent Technologies team just returned from exhibiting at the Florida Rural Water Association Annual Conference, at the Hilton Daytona Beach. We made so many new friends and were excited to share our capabilities with everyone. We also heard some great comments from directors at wastewater treatment plants where we have performed work in the past. Thanks to all of you for such a great conference! 

IN THE LIMELIGHT: Robert Keyes

Bhushan Sukhram, Safety Supervisor for the City of Orlando and Central Florida Safety Council COSS Program Instructor, presents Robert Keyes, PAT Operations Support, his Occupational Safety Specialist certificate.

Bhushan Sukhram, Safety Supervisor for the City of Orlando and Central Florida Safety Council COSS Program Instructor, presents Robert Keyes, PAT Operations Support, his Occupational Safety Specialist certificate.

Safety Spotlight

Why I work safe: For my family and loved ones. I want to return home at the end of my work day the same way I left in the morning. 

Safety has been a priority: Ever since I can remember.

What piqued my interest in safety: An incident that happened many years ago. My supervisor at the time had built a scaffold that I felt was unsafe. I refused to get on it and he fired me on the spot. Since then I have been interested in workplace safety. 

Number of safety manuals I own: Five.

My top 5 safety tips are to be cautious while: 1. Be cautious when getting on/off equipment; 2. Look forward, behind, left and right before equipment or vehicle backing; 3. Check carefully for overhead or buried obstructions; 4. Take notice of an overcrowded work area; 5. Ensure Lock out/Tag out procedures are followed.

My safety motto: If safety is “common sense,” then we would not need trainers, training programs, safety officers, OSHA, etc…

Interesting safety fact: Florida is rated among the top 5 in the nation for employees in the construction industry.

 

SAFETY FIRST: We love our crew!

Florida Service Group crew members Paul Del Favero, Daniel Snyder, Paul Stephenson, Kyle Manchester and Aaron Hood in their brand new safety shirts, BEFORE they had a chance to get them dirty on a job in St. Johns County, FL. 

IN THE LIMELIGHT: Meet Paul Del Favero

Nickname: Bear

Job title:  Process Assistant

Age: 44

Hometown: Deerfield  Beach, FL

Pets: My dog, Tuffy

Hobbies: Woodworking and estate clearances

Role model: My  grandfather, Chesley.  He never got angry.

First job: I had my own  business at the age of 18. Construction –  rough and  final work.

Lesson from mom that I still live  by: “Treat people the way you want to  be treated.”

Proudest accomplishment: Giving my life to Christ

Favorite movie: “I Claudius” by Robert Graves

No. 1 place I’d like to visit: Italy

The only person I’d want to be stranded with on a deserted island: Tuffy, my dog. He doesn’t bother me.

If someone handed me $1 million: I’d give 10% to charity, then disappear to parts unknown.

If I were a super hero, my special power would be: To fly!

My motivation to work safe: I work for God first, take pride in myself second.

The coolest part of our trucks: Downhole pump

Most over-used word or phrase on the job site: “Call Jerry.”

Song title that describes my life:  I’m sexy and I know it!

My weirdest quirk:  Counting inanimate objects

My dancing ability in one word:  Special

IN THE LIMELIGHT: Meet Aaron Hood

Job title: Field supervisor

Age: 22

Hometown: Fort Pierce, FL

Pets: One Dog, Daisy

Hobbies: Hunting and fishing

Role model: My dad, because he taught me everything I know and he made me the man I am today.

First job: Equipment operator at Hamilton Ag Service

Lesson from mom that I still live by: “Always be honest and respectful.”

Proudest accomplishment: Starting at the bottom of the company and making it to the position I’m in now.

Favorite movie: “Tombstone”

No. 1 place I’d like to visit: Texas

The only person I’d want to be stranded with on a deserted island: The President, because someone is going to find him.

If someone handed me $1 million: I’d give it to my girlfriend because that’s where all my money goes.

If I were a super hero, my special power would be: Super strength

My motivation to work safe: My family

The coolest part of our trucks: The downhole system

Most over-used phrase on the job site: “Is this going to be sometime today?”

Song title that describes my life: “My life’s been a country song” by Chris Cagle

One word that describes my dancing ability: Phenomenal

 

USST’s 1249 Combination3® truck completes multi-tank job in Sanford, Florida

U.S. Submergent Technologies recently completed a job for the City of Sanford in Florida. The job, which was executed by the 1249 Combination3® truck, involved drain-downs of two separate tanks.

Jerry Botts, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for the Florida Service Group, reports that this project was distinguished by a significant amount of sand and grit, which posed no problem for the crew since they didn’t have to enter the tanks and clear by hand.

“We were able to do the job more expeditiously than others because of the proprietary equipment – the pumping application mounted to a telescopic boom,” Jerry said. “The boom puts our equipment in position a lot quicker than other technologies and requires a lot less man-entry into the tank. We can do the job more surgically.”

Jerry also noted that the design and function of the Combination3® trucks are what sets USST apart from its competitors. “It’s easier to back up with our equipment – it’s a more compact, consolidated operation,” he said. “We don’t have nearly the amount of equipment that others do and can pack up a lot more quickly. It’s convenient for the customer as well.”

A competitor in close proximity to Sanford had previously done this job for the city but USST’s Richard Smith reports that the operator at the facility was not satisfied, feeling they had not received quality service. He says that the client appears to be very happy with USST’s performance.

“This one was a complete drain-down – there could have been competition for this project but they wanted a better quality job than they had received in the past,” Richard said. “This job was seamless – there were no issues. We went in and did a quality job for this client.”

Energy Savings Through the GritGone Process

Cleaning your tanks is not only important to restore capacity, but it also has potential to save on energy, which cuts costs down the road.

Sand and grit is a heavy solid with a specific gravity greater than 1, so it accumulates and settles to the bottom of the tanks. The system then has to work harder to keep the sand suspended and allow oxygen to flow through the system to treat the water. Over time, this can drastically increase costs and detention times.

U.S. Submergent Technologies recently conducted an energy analysis for a facility that used the GritGone ProcessSM for residuals and debris removal. We found that in this particular instance, our customer is able to recoup their costs for our sand and grit removal service in energy savings in approximately less than two weeks. See a detailed analysis below:

If your plant can benefit from the energy savings the GritGone ProcessSM can produce, call for a free quote at (844) 765-7866.