Uncovered Treasures

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“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. 


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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.  

IN THE LIMELIGHT: Meet Paul Del Favero

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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


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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

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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 … Read More

Energy Savings Through the GritGone Process

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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

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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 US Submergent’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 … Read More

Introducing the USST 1249 Combination³® Truck

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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 … Read More

What’s in the Tank?

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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 … Read More

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

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