20 Tons of Material Removed From Northwest Florida Wastewater Facility

Challenging Structure Cleaned Safely by USST Crew

A wastewater treatment facility in Northwest Florida had a structure that was particularly difficult to access and was full of FOG, sand, grit, and rag material. Their influent trough and effluent channel were suffering from a loss of capacity due to build-up. U.S. Submergent Technologies’ (USST) experienced and well-trained crew was called in to remove this stubborn material.

“Due to flow issues, our crew worked at night to resolve this challenging situation. The structure was 30-feet tall and once you are up there, the material was 25-feet down. Safety is the single key factor with any job we perform, and I value our knowledgeable crew members for implementing the utmost precautions and safety measures to get this job done right,” said Paul Del Favero, Operations Manager at USST.

USST’s crew safely performed confined space entry to clean a challenging structure in Northwest Florida.

USST crews go above and beyond whenever confined space entry is required and follow our company’s detailed Confined Space Program. Crew members ensure that the presence of any atmospheric hazards are eliminated through explosion-proof ventilation, constant monitoring of air quality, and the use of intrinsically safe lighting.

Learn more about the culture of safety at USST by clicking here.

The USST crew utilized a Davit Arm to get in and out of this challenging structure, which was drained down and bypassed. USST’s versatile one-of-a-kind Combination Truck’s extendable 49-foot boom allowed for access and its powerful vacuum was used to remove sand, grit, FOG, and rags at approximately 25-foot depth from the bottom of the structure, without any issues.  Our vacuum is powered by a blower capable of delivering nearly double the CFM of a standard vacuum truck, allowing the crew to remove large amounts of wastewater residuals and complete the job thoroughly and on schedule. 

In total, 17-cubic yards or an estimated 20 tons of material were removed from the structure, restoring collection capacity to the facility.

Got Grit? USST can Grit ‘Er Done!®

Let us show you how our Combination Truck makes restoring treatment or collection capacity easier than you think. 

Call one of our knowledgeable representatives at (844) 958-1207 or email info@ussubmergent.com.

Cleaning a Wastewater Tank – How Much Will It Cost?

Plan Your Maintenance with Confidence Using SediVision

U.S. Submergent Technologies (USST) understands the cost of cleaning a wastewater tank is directly associated with the amount of material and the difficulty required to reach and remove it. Given the importance of how much cleaning a tank will cost, accurately estimating the amount of material in the tank is just as vital.

The SediVisionTM perspective allows you to see what’s below turbid water in wastewater tanks with no need for drain down.

In our industry, we often run into the question – How much will it cost to clean this tank? Well, that depends on a few factors such as the amount of the material, the type of material, where the material is located, and the work required to reach and remove it. If a tank cannot be drained down to provide a visual assessment, then an estimate of quantity must be used. Probing is often used to estimate how much material is in the tank. However, typically only certain points can be probed, and these areas may not be representative, resulting in a significant under or over estimate.

USST has developed a more accurate means to determine how much and where material is in a wastewater tank. SediVisionTM is a state-of-the-art decision-making tool that maps the distribution and volume of material under turbid water in a wastewater tank. This allows wastewater managers to properly plan for maintenance and cleaning with confidence. SediVisionTM provides more accurate quantities for estimating. Better estimates of quantity result in fewer change orders and greater certainty.

SediVisionTM also reduces unnecessary cleaning activities when no material is present, saving time and money. When reliability matters, SediVisionTM can not only tell you how much material is in your tank, but it can also verify all the material was removed after cleaning. This way you know the job was done right and that capacity has been restored to your facility.

Eliminate the guesswork and plan your maintenance with confidence. Contact us to learn more about SediVisionTM at (844) 949-1032 or email info@ussubmergent.com.

One Year Later – The Impacts of COVID on the Wastewater Industry

U.S. Submergent Technologies Reflects on the Past Year 

It has been a year since our lives were impacted by a global pandemic. Who would have thought we would live through something like this? The coronavirus created a crisis unprecedented in our lifetimes. COVID has personally and professionally challenged each of us to adjust our lives and adapt to new norms in our society. Words like personal protective equipment, social distancing, contact tracing, and essential workers became part of our vocabulary, and the way we conduct business has changed.

In March 2020 life seemed to come to a halt and that is no different in the wastewater cleaning industry. Many stopped meeting face-to-face, offices closed, and remote interfacing became the standard. Local governments became cautious on spending and this included infrastructure maintenance. When the pandemic first hit, U.S. Submergent Technologies (USST) found that our reputation and customer relationships built over the years were vital components in carrying us through the lockdown as essential service providers.

Now that we have arrived at the one-year anniversary of this pandemic, we want to look back and share lessons learned.  We asked our team about their experiences from the past year, in the field and the office, as we try to assess the impact COVID has had on our industry.

The initial reaction from everyone at USST was gratitude to be healthy and employed during this pandemic. As essential workers, providing a vital service to the health of communities, USST crews got it done safely. Our crew members faced many challenges to keep critical wastewater infrastructure flowing throughout the pandemic. This included further adapting our already rigorous safety measures to include CDC COVID-19 guidelines. The passion and respect we have for the work and industry has never been stronger. While it has been a long year, we have endured, and with a vaccine now available there is hope normalcy can be restored.

If you have a challenging situation that needs attention, USST’s Combination Truck makes restoring treatment or collection capacity easier than you think. 

If you’ve got grit, USST can Grit ‘Er Done!® 

Call one of our knowledgeable representatives at (844) 958-1207 or email info@ussubmergent.com.

60 Tons of Material Removed from Coastal Treatment Plant

USST Focuses on Problem Areas to Restore Plant Capacity

A coastal wastewater treatment plant in North Florida was experiencing a loss of capacity and a decrease in flow due to sand and grit accumulation in their structures. U.S. Submergent Technologies (USST) was called in to assess the situation. Our knowledgeable and experienced team probed the facility and discovered a buildup of sand and grit in the aeration train, effluent channel, and anoxic tank structures.

USST’s Combination3® Truck has a 49-foot extended knuckle boom and can clean hard-to-reach places.

“Due to location, coastal water treatment facilities absorb year-round activity from people doing yard work and going to the beach. When that happens, fine silty sand ends up in the drainage system causing tremendous capacity loss for treatment facilities,” noted Paul Del Favero, Operations Manager at USST. “I am proud of our crew members for assessing the situation, finding the problem areas, and restoring flow to this facility safely and efficiently. Our cleaning efforts have resulted in healthier water returning to the ecosystem.”

Using USST’s Combination technology and GritGone Process®, crews removed 60 tons of paint filter dry material from three structures. Our patented Combination truck is more than just a simple vacuum truck; it has a jetter, vacuum, downhole pump, and 49-foot extended knuckle boom fully integrated on one chassis, delivering a powerful punch in the submergent cleaning industry. Our trucks can clean in wet conditions, while a facility remains online with no need to alter treatment flow, saving time and money.

Check out our video to learn more about the Combination technology.

If you’ve got grit, USST can Grit ‘Er Done!®  

Call one of our knowledgeable project advisors for a free site assessment or to ask any questions you may have at 844-956-1129 or email info@ussubmergent.com.

Over 22 Tons of Material Removed from 52 Feet Below Grade

A Hazardous Challenge Met by USST Crews and Equipment

In an urban area of Central Florida, two wet wells had filled up rapidly with rag, FOG, and sand and grit material. These structures serve as master lift stations for a city, (commercial and residential areas) keeping wastewater moving 52 feet below grade to the wastewater treatment facility. U.S. Submergent Technologies’ (USST) equipment was able to remove this stubborn material from the depth required and our crews came in to meet this challenge head-on, safely, and efficiently.

USST’s knowledgeable and well-trained crew members safely remove stubborn material from a deep well structure.

“This is the deepest wet well we have cleaned and might be the deepest in Florida,” said Paul Del Favero, Operations Manager at USST. “I applaud our team and their continued emphasis on safely getting the job done.”

Safety is the most important thing at USST, and a deep well is one of the most dangerous structures to clean in our industry. Our crews undergo competent person confined space entry training and possess hundreds of hours of experience for this type of job. USST also factors in precautions such as fall protection, atmospheric monitoring, explosion-proof ventilation, OSHA-10 training, and intrinsically safe lighting. Additionally, our patented and versatile equipment can handle removing a wide range of waste found in wastewater especially from deep wells.

Approaching this challenging project with the highest safety measures, USST crews employed a 60-foot ladder, Davit Arm, SRL winch, six-point harnesses, lifelines, and full PPE gear when moving in and out of these underground structures. The wet well structures were drained down and gates and pumps were locked out and tagged out to ensure there was no engulfment risk.

Using our patented Combination Truck’s powerful vacuum, crews removed over a foot of material expeditiously and without issue. USST’s vacuum delivers nearly double the CFM of a standard vacuum truck, which allows our crew to remove large amounts of wastewater residuals from 52 feet below grade and complete the job on schedule. 

In total, capacity was restored after 22 tons of material was removed from both deep well structures quickly and safely for the city’s wastewater system.

USST employs a variety of methodologies to capture debris using our versatile, one-of-a-kind Combination Truck and expertly trained crews, to learn more please call 844-956-1129 or email info@ussubmergent.com.

SediVision Gets To Work Saving Customer Thousands of Dollars

Eliminates the Guesswork of Material in Wastewater Tanks

In Southeast Florida, U.S. Submergent Technologies (USST) was able to provide visibility to managers of a wastewater treatment facility regarding their oxidation ditch and potential loss of capacity. The visibility was provided by USST using SediVisionTM, an exclusive tool that allows for complete visibility of sand and grit accumulation in wastewater tanks.

The SediVision perspective eliminates the guesswork of material in wastewater tanks.

In our industry, draining down a wastewater tank can be logistically difficult. Because the water is highly turbid, handheld rods are typically used to probe around the tank edges to determine the quantity of material. This is an unreliable means to estimate how much material is spread throughout the tank. For this customer, not knowing exactly how much material was in the tank created uncertainty, which typically leads to higher costs.

Uncertainty is the Achilles’ heel of our industry; uncertainty of the type, volume, and location of the material. For this project, uncertainty might have delayed much-needed maintenance on the oxidation ditch indefinitely. However, by utilizing our SediVisionTM technology, USST was able to provide greater certainty in the volume of material and present a solid work plan that was much more affordable for the customer.

Because SediVisionTM allowed for targeted cleaning efforts inside the tank, we were able to save this owner time and money. In fact, this project only cost half of what would be estimated using typical assumptions.

USST cleaned this tank while it was full, so the facility did not have to undergo any logistical difficulties associated with draining down. Using our powerful Combination3® Truck, our crew was able to reach the structure and remove all the material. Finally, after cleaning the tank, we were able to verify for our customer that the material was removed, and the job was done right.

Would knowing how much material has accumulated in your tanks be helpful?

Stop the guesswork and contact us to learn more at (844) 949-1032 or email info@ussubmergent.com.

Eliminating the Guesswork of Material in Wastewater Tanks

SediVision Provides Complete Visibility of Sand and Grit Accumulation

Over the years at U.S. Submergent Technologies (USST) we have cleaned hundreds of wastewater tanks for local utilities. This experience has identified a persistent issue for our customers, which is not having an accurate estimate of the material in their tanks due to a lack of visibility.

Because it is impossible to see through extremely turbid water and draining down wastewater tanks is frequently not an option. In our industry, we often find ourselves asking – What happens if there is more material in the tank than estimated?

At USST, we have solved the issues associated with uncertainty in the quantity of material in wastewater tanks. These issues include maintenance setbacks such as the scope of work, schedule, budget, and change orders. The solution is SediVisionTM, a decision-making tool that provides complete visibility of sand and grit accumulation in wastewater tanks.

By producing digital images of accumulated material that is stealing away valuable capacity, utility managers can plan for future maintenance with confidence. The value of this information is unquestionable, especially if you have ever encountered an incorrect assumption in the field. Knowing the quantity of material eliminates guesswork and facilitates the efficient allocation of resources.

With SediVisionTM you can make informed decisions (regarding scope, schedule, and budget) restoring your capacity. 

Contact us to learn more at (844) 949-1032 or email info@ussubmergent.com.

From Jobs Big to Small, in 2020 USST Solved It All

USST Crews Removed Over 10,000 Tons of Material in 2020

U.S. Submergent Technologies (USST) has been expanding on our versatility and widening our scope of experience by performing submergent cleaning all over Florida and in parts of Georgia. In 2020, USST removed more than 10,000 tons of material for our customers. Some of the material USST removed includes; sand, grit, sludge, rag, FOG, grout, lime, filter media, and biosolids.

“We are proud of our crews’ accomplishments, work completed, and the experiences gained. In 2020, our company stepped further outside the wastewater industry into potable, stormwater, and industrial applications. These valuable experiences expand our depth of knowledge when cleaning wet infrastructure,” said Denver J. Stutler, Jr., CEO at USST.

USST’s knowledgeable crews can restore the capacity of your wet infrastructure.

Two examples illustrate the capabilities and versatility of our crews and equipment.

In South Florida, crews removed over 400 tons of material to restore capacity and maintain flow for critical wet infrastructure, this project involved a few structures including a digester tank which required confined space entry. When this is required on a project, USST crews take extra care to follow our company’s detailed Confined Space Program. Crew members ensure that the presence of atmospheric hazards are eliminated through proper ventilation and constant monitoring of air quality. Learn more about the importance of safety at USST by clicking here.

Meanwhile, in Central Florida, USST restored approximately 2500 gallons of treatment capacity at a small community package plant. Because of our patented Combination3® technology, the plant did not need to shut down or go off-line to perform the cleaning. USST’s Combination3® Truck is a versatile piece of equipment with a powerful vacuum, downhole pump, jetter, and extended-reach boom. These trucks can clean in wet or dry conditions in up to eight different setups without bringing multiple pieces of equipment to the job site.

USST can clean in submerged conditions with no need to
shut down or go off-line.

Are you interested in restoring the capacity of your wet infrastructure in 2021?

Call one of our knowledgeable project advisors for a free site assessment at (844) 958-1253 or email info@ussubmergent.com.

Introducing SediVision, A Decision-Making Tool for Allocating Limited Resources

SediVisionTM allows you to see the conditions beneath dark water due to excessive turbidity in your tanks

Given most wastewater infrastructure is out of sight, it often can be out of mind unless it becomes an emergency. Because the water in these structures is highly turbid, it can be difficult to see what is beneath the water stealing your valuable capacity. To help managers responsible for the maintenance of critical wet infrastructure, U.S. Submergent Technologies (USST) developed a remarkable decision-making tool designed especially for wastewater conditions called SediVisionTM.

SediVisionTM allows for complete visibility where there has never been any, under dark water in your tanks. This information can be used to guide the allocation of limited resources and direct cleaning efforts towards structures with the highest accumulation, resulting in a more efficient cleaning process.  SediVisionTM provides visibility and preparation for the project ahead, ensuring a more tailored solution, precise use of time and resources, and a quicker outcome to meet your needs.

When visibility is crucial to the job ahead, SediVisionTM allows you to see the conditions beneath dark water in your tanks.

USST’s SediVisionTM Provides:

  • Comprehensive pre-and post-cleaning inspection images and reports.
  • Recommendations for the best course of action for removal of material.

Would knowing how much and what the material is in your tanks be useful?

USST’s SediVisionTM can help you make better decisions managing limited resources while prioritizing critical wet infrastructure. 

Call one of our knowledgeable representatives at (844) 949-1032 or email info@ussubmergent.com.

U.S. Submergent Technologies Solves Problems Outside Wastewater Industry

In Southern Florida, Over 14 Tons of Material Removed from Salmon Fishery

Recently, U.S. Submergent Technologies (USST) had a chance to use our tools and team to solve problems outside the wastewater industry. A salmon fishery required the removal of waste material from three of their tank structures to restore vital capacity and maintain flow. USST’s powerful Combination3® Truck, a versatile patented piece of equipment, was used to safely and efficiently remove over 14 tons of material from these structures.

“The versatility of our Combination3® Truck allows us to access and clean structures outside of typical wastewater treatment facilities,” said Paul Del Favero, Operations Manager at USST. “This is another outstanding example of our approach to solving a customer’s problems – understand the problem, apply the right tools, and get the job done safely with our qualified team.”

USST’s extremely versatile Combination3® Truck specializes in removing material from structures such as pipes, tanks, and lift stations while they remain in full operation.

A challenge on this project is one of the structures, the Chiller Tank, was inside a large building and would typically pose an access issue for waste removal services. However, USST’s crew using its pump while extending a vacuum hose attached to our powerful Combination3® Truck was able to reach the structure and remove all of the material.

The need for confined space entry to all three structures posed another challenge to the crew. Fish waste is high in H2S, or sulfide levels. USST’s highly trained crew excels at confined space entry and while this is the first time USST has cleaned fish residuals in an industrial setting we were able to tackle this challenge safely and efficiently.

USST’s well-trained crew performed atmospheric testing and discovered high traces of sulfide, then proceeded to ventilate the tank structures and get the sulfide levels down until it was safe for personnel to enter. Throughout the cleaning of these structures, restraints and harnesses were used and air levels were constantly monitored ensuring the safety of our crew members. USST undergoes confined space training every day and safety is always our number one priority on any job. 

Learn more about the structures we clean here.  

Do you have a challenging situation that needs attention?  USST’s Combination3® Truck makes restoring treatment or collection capacity easier than you think. Call one of our knowledgeable representatives at (844) 949-1032 or email info@ussubmergent.com.