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 Process® 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 Process® can produce, call for a free quote at (844) 765-7866.


U.S. Submergent Technologies Enters Manufacturing Agreement with Wayne Industrial Holdings

New relationship will increase production of proprietary Combination³ trucks

June 8, 2015 – Sarasota, FL – U.S. Submergent Technologies announces the entering of a manufacturing agreement with Iowa-based Wayne Industrial Holdings, LLC. The agreement increases production of Polston’s proprietary equipment and allows the company to continue their expansion.

USST’s unique combination trucks are designed to remove debris from collection and treatment system structures without taking them offline. The equipment overcomes the limitations of vacuum technology and has the potential to save customers time and money.  

“This agreement provides an opportunity to increase our ability to build and deliver our Combination³® capabilities in the market,” says USST CEO Denver J. Stutler, Jr. “We are pleased Wayne shares the same commitment to quality, safety and schedule.”  

Wayne Industrial Holdings (WIH) has been in business for nearly 50 years and makes the most advanced line of refuse trucks and street sweepers in the industry. They currently have dealer locations all over the country. 

“I am very pleased to partner with (them) to manufacture their revolutionary new product,” stated Wayne Chairman Ira J. Perlmuter.

“Our team is very excited about partnering with (them) in offering this new equipment to our distributor network,” said Kevin Watje, Wayne Engineering President. “We think the (USST) product will be a great compliment to our Refuse and Sweeper lines.” 


About U.S. Submergent Technologies, LLC

U.S. Submergent Technologies developed the Combination³® Truck and the GritGone Processon® to address a pervasive problem in the wastewater industry – the absence of a system powerful and versatile enough to remove the accumulated sand, grit and rag material that are exposing wastewater collection and treatment systems to rising operating costs and decreased efficiencies.

About Wayne Industrial Holdings, LLC

Wayne Industrial Holdings, LLC is a portfolio company of T5 Equity Partners, LLC, the private equity affiliate of the family who owns the Mall of America ( Wayne is a leading manufacturer of advanced refuse trucks and street sweepers.

Introducing the USST 1249 Combination³® Truck

U.S. Submergent Technologies, developer of the innovative and powerful Combination³® technology, introduces the model 1249, a medium-size model in its line of combination trucks. Designed to clean wastewater treatment plants and large diameter pipes, the 1249 will begin service in Florida this month.

USST’s Combination³® technology earns its distinction by featuring three components: vacuum, jetter, and a downhole system. The downhole system allows equipment to clean in deep or submerged environments and remove high viscosity material. The entire service can be performed while the plant remains in full operation – a capability that was previously missing in the vacuum truck marketplace.

Technical features of the model 1249 include:

·      49-foot knuckle boom crane with telescoping tubes for hard-to-reach places

·      400-horsepower engine that fully powers the Combination³® components

·      Fully automated, multi-directional reel capable of holding up to 1,000 feet of jetter hose

·      Downhole system that enables the removal of debris from deep or submerged conditions, or the removal of high viscosity fluids

·      Includes mounted vacuum system for use as required

·      Jetter nozzle produces 180 gallons per minute at 2,000 psi

·      12-yard debris tank, highly pressurized for debris and water separation

U.S. Submergent Technologies Combination³® equipment is operated remotely, saving time and improving operators’ ability to oversee work. The equipment also reduces or eliminates the need to put crew in confined spaces. Through the GritGone Process®, removed material such as sand and grit becomes “paint-filter dry” and immediately ready to be disposed of in a landfill. The entire service can be performed while the plant remains in operation.

The 1249 serves as a medium-sized model to the smaller 949 model and the 360HD model Combination³® trucks.

What’s in the Tank?

U.S. Submergent Technologies boasts its ability to remove sand and grit while the plant remains in full operation, and our equipment has a proven success track to back this claim. But what if we aren’t talking about sand and grit? Let’s take a look at what other materials can be settled at the bottom of the tank and how the GritGone Process® can handle them.

The types of material found at the bottom of the tank varies depending on which stage it is in the wastewater treatment process. For example, in the anaerobic zone, the accumulated material may not be only sand, but it could also be biosolids, depending on the process and how much time has passed since the last cleaning.

The GritGone Process® can remove material that has specific gravity values greater than water. The specific gravity of biosolids is less than water, but sand, grit and other accumulated materials have a specific gravity greater than water.

Can the GritGone Process® Remove Biosolids too?

The GritGone Process® removes nearly all accumulated material at the bottom of a structure using our proprietary downhole system. Through our process, pressure separates the material with a specific gravity greater than water from the water and the accumulated material less than water. The accumulated material with a specific gravity less than water, or suspended solids, are returned to the treatment system for proper treatment and disposal. This type of flushing can still provide benefits, however the “hauled off” quantities are not as high.

How Much Material Should We Expect to Haul Off?

It depends on the amount of material in the tank that has a specific gravity greater than water. If what is accumulated is 100% sand, then usually 50-60% of the “saturated” volume is removed and is typically “paint-filter dry” sand that is ready to be taken to a landfill.

Decayed biosolids on the other hand, may yield less than 10% of their “saturated” volume.

Our process pumps at 2500 gallons per minute or greater, so it allows the removal of all of the accumulated solids using the ambient water. The water, or decant is returned to the structure, along with the suspended solids that are lighter than water.

The amount of solids removed depends on the percent of material with a specific gravity greater than water in the structure.


What are the benefits of using GritGone Process® if the material is mostly biosolids?

Even though not as much material is hauled to the landfill, the GritGone Process® still restores capacity of the accumulated material and all water bound up in the accumulated material. Other benefits of the GritGone Process® include:

  • Removal of accumulated material for proper treatment and disposal
  • Removal of septic pockets bound in the accumulated material
  • Optimize available treatment volume
  • Reduced energy required to keep accumulated suspended
  • Flushing of bio-solids for proper treatment and disposal

U.S. Submergent Finishing Sand and Grit Removal Project in Tampa

U.S. Submergent Technologies is finishing its largest project to date: the removal of accumulated debris in a South Tampa wastewater treatment facility. The facility is undergoing a major expansion and is currently under construction. Debris needs to be removed prior to demolition of the current structures.

The 949 Combination³® truck was able to successfully remove sand and grit from an aeration basin while it remained in operation. Here is the result of what was pulled out of the tank:

Sand and grit removed from aeration basin.

Sand and grit removed from aeration basin.

We were able to remove the material faster, safer, and more efficiently than any other equipment currently on the market.

How to Tell If You Have a Sand & Grit Problem

Sand and grit is a common problem in most wastewater treatment facilities, but since we cannot see the accumulated sand and grit without draining the tank, the problem often goes unrealized. Sand and grit accumulates as a result of inflow/infiltration. This can greatly increase costs and reduce efficiency of the wastewater system. 

How can you tell, without seeing the accumulation of sand and grit, that it is causing problems in your wastewater treatment system? 

One way to tell if you are accumulating too much sand is if your inflow increases during the wet season. 

You will also notice higher energy costs. This is because the blowers or diffusers in your tanks need to overcompensate for the lower capacity, causing them to work overtime. 

Your system will also notice worse test results for BOD, TSS and Nitrates, which means lower quality effluent. 

Removal of sand and grit is necessary for increasing capacity, improving efficiency and reducing energy costs. 

An illustration of how sand and grit goes unnoticed. 

USST Combination³® Truck Featured in APWA Reporter

The American Public Works Association recently featured the model 360HD Combination³® truck in their monthly newsletter, The Reporter. The article discussed how USST’s unique combination truck removes sand and grit in submerged conditions, while the plant remains online. Read it below or view the issue on their website.

Congratulations to the Florida Rural Water Association!

U.S. Submergent Technologies congratulates the Florida Rural Water Association on their recent recognition of “Association of the Year” by the National Rural Water Association. 

The award was presented at the NRWA’s annual Tribute to Excellence Awards as part of the WaterPro Conference on Monday, October 6, in Seattle, WA. 

According to the press release, NRWA director Kent Watson commended the FRWA on their “endeavors to achieve as much as possible with the resources available for their membership, which is over 2,000.” He goes on to say that, “Their Board of Directors, membership and a vast number of programs and services has positioned them to be very effective in their association mission for over 35 years. With a staff of over 25 and a budget of near $3.5 million per year, they offer many services and programs to meet state water industry needs.”

Florida also won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Technical Assistance. 

Congratulations, FRWA team!