We Put The “P” In Power

Photo by Paul Del Favero

U.S. Submergent Technologies recently completed a job at a power plant in northeast FL. Paul Stephenson, Kyle Manchester, Michael Kisling, Marcus Purvis and Paul Del Favero of Florida Service Group removed approximately 160 yards of a fine-grained, powdery particulate material from a settling basin in submerged conditions. 

How To Tell If You Have a Sand & Grit Problem

Sand and grit is a common problem in most wastewater treatment facilities and often accumulates as a result of pipe infiltration/inflow. Since we cannot see the accumulated material without draining the tank, the problem often goes unnoticed. This can greatly increase energy costs while reducing the treatment efficiency of the wastewater system. The energy costs can be significantly increased when diffusers are partially or completely covered by sand.

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

  • Flow increases significantly following rainfall events.
  • Higher energy costs — this is because the blowers or diffusers in your tanks need to run more to keep accumulated sand suspended so the bottom diffusers do not become covered and unusable, causing them to work overtime.
  • System test results for BOD, TSS and Nitrates will worsen due to decreased treatment volume, which can mean lower quality effluent. 

Removal of sand and grit is necessary for restoring capacity to wet infrastructures, improving treatment efficiency and reducing energy costs. 

The following graphic illustrates how sand and grit go unnoticed:

Happy New Year!

Here’s Looking at You, 2016

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday with your loved ones and all the best in 2017!

Hard Hat and a Hammer

Florida Service Group is removing material from a power plant in Florida.

SAFETY FIRST: Training Like It’s Our Job (Because It Is.)

Michael Kisling, Robert Rash, Kyle Manchester and Paul Stephenson practice administering CPR. 

We’re proud of Florida Service Group and their commitment to staying safe through additional OSHA and First Aid training. Last week, they practiced performing the critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical help arrives. 

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.