Over 55 Tons of Material Removed From Municipal Wastewater Plant

US SubmergentUSST newsLeave a Comment

USST’s Crew Navigates Tight Spaces and Difficult Access A municipal wastewater treatment plant in Central Florida required regular maintenance on their aeration basin, digester, and headworks to remove built-up sludge, sand, grit, and rag material.  U.S. Submergent Technologies (USST) was called in to tackle the job using our powerful and versatile Combination3® Truck and knowledgeable crew. “This was our third time back to this facility for regular maintenance,” said Paul Del Favero, Operations Manager at USST.  “Our company track record of safety on the job site and our crews’ ability to understand and overcome problems on the ground are all contributing factors to our outstanding reputation in this industry.” USST’s crew mobilized to the site, bringing with them a powerhouse of knowledge and equipment.  Our Combination3® Truck is outfitted with a 49-foot extendable boom, downhole pump, and jetter.  The facility’s headworks structure was 25-feet high and because of the extended reach of our Combination3® Truck, the crew was able to safely access the material and remove it expeditiously. In total, just over 55 tons of material were removed from the facility and disposed of off-site.  The closed-loop cleaning system of the Combination3® Truck translated to odor and noise control for the facility … Read More

1 Year Later – Impacts of COVID on the Wastewater Industry

US SubmergentUSST newsLeave a Comment

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. COVID-19, Changes in the Wastewater Industry & Beyond 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 … Read More

Limiting Time in the Tank

US SubmergentSafetyLeave a Comment

CONFINED SPACE ENTRY IN THE WASTEWATER INDUSTRY Confined spaces can be deadly.  Each year, many people are seriously injured or killed while working or attempting to rescue those in confined spaces across a wide range of industries. The term “permit-required confined space” is defined by OSHA as possessing one or more of the following characteristics: Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere Has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area that could trap or asphyxiate an entrant Contains other recognized safety or health hazards, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires or heat stress In the wastewater maintenance industry, there are many situations that can require confined space entry, most commonly when structures have limited or no means of ingress or egress such as wet wells, digesters, or aeration basins with high tank walls.  The removal of rag material from wastewater structures is another circumstance where confined space entry is most likely required during maintenance routines. Dangers of confined spaces within wastewater infrastructure can include: Lack of oxygen Poisonous gases, fumes or vapors Liquids, solids or gases that can suddenly fill the space or release gases into it Lack … Read More

Safety in Movement

US SubmergentSafetyLeave a Comment

We are moving fast, every day, in both our personal and professional lives.  It is during these busy times when we must focus and be extra attentive of things in motion around us, including ourselves, especially when safety is the goal. Safety matters most when we are moving; there is a higher probability of things happening that shouldn’t.  People, places, equipment, vehicles and more are constantly on the move, meaning more risk for the individual. “Falls” is the number one cited job site fatality in 2015 according to OSHA1, followed by “Struck By Object.” Take a glance at OSHA’s “Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016” if you’d like to learn more about common job site violations, or to simply serve as a reminder for the future. A culture of safety requires paying attention throughout the day, particularly when there is more to pay attention to.  Consider the different levels of effort required to pay attention while driving in good weather compared to moving fast in heavy traffic in the rain.  As our CEO, Denver J. Stutler, likes to say, “What matters most, is getting it done when it matters!” Focused individuals lead to a focused organization, which in turn leads … Read More

Safety Spotlight: Confined Spaces

US SubmergentSafety4 Comments

Confined spaces can be deadly. Each year, a number of people are killed or seriously injured in confined spaces. This happens in a wide range of industries and includes those working in confined spaces, and those who try to rescue them. Our hearts go out to the three workers who died last weekend while working in a confined space in Key Largo, and volunteer firefighter, Leonardo Felipe Moreno, who is in critical condition after attempting to rescue one of the workers. A confined space can be any enclosed area where there is risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances or dangerous conditions. OSHA uses the term “permit-required confined space” to describe a confined space with one or more of the following characteristics: Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere Has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area that could trap or asphyxiate an entrant Contains other recognized safety or health hazards, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires or heat stress Dangers of confined spaces can include: Lack of oxygen Poisonous gases, fumes or vapors Liquids, solids or gases that can suddenly fill the space or release gases … Read More