NEWS RELEASE – Brantford, Ontario – May 2018 –Wessuc, a leader in waste stream solutions, is pleased to introduce the Turning Organic Waste into Value Download. The free 10-page guide is a three step self-audit process to help determine the optimal solution for your business. This worksheet can be used to gain a better understanding of your waste stream and provide some insight into available options.
The Turning Organic Waste into Value download highlights a variety of factors and considerations that are crucial to a waste stream audit that you may not have thought about when searching for a solution including:
- Benefits of a waste stream audit
- Best practices when conducting an audit
- How to interpret your waste stream based on sources and characteristics
- How to determine which solution is best for you
Turning Organic Waste into Value is a waste stream audit process that allows you to identify opportunities for diverting waste streams away from the landfill and toward recycling or composting.
“The Turning Organic Waste into Value Audit was developed because there are so many factors to consider when dealing with waste and many people don’t realize the full extent of their options. A waste stream audit allows you to organize all factors into an easy to follow worksheet that makes deciding on a solution easier.” Said Hank VanVeen Vice President of Wessuc Inc., “We focus on turning your waste into value so you can focus on your business.”
Those interested in the three step self-audit process can download Turning Organic Waste into Value worksheet for free on the Turning Organic Waste into Value download page. Those interested in reviewing their audit with one of Wessuc’s experts and ask questions about a custom solution can contact them here or by emailing email@example.com.
“The team at Wessuc is passionate about turning organic waste into value to ensure a greener and environmentally safe place to live and work. We wanted to develop the concept of turning organic waste into value into a download to help people recognize all of the options available for their waste besides a landfill.” said Phil Cron, Director of Sales at Wessuc. “We constantly strive to lead the industry in focusing on waste as a value and a solution that benefits your business and the environment.”
About Wessuc Inc.
Established in 2000, Wessuc is a family owned and operated business that cares about the environment and how our operations affect it. We don’t just pump, clean, inspect, and haul. We continue to expand our services and our capabilities to a make a greener and environmentally safer place to live, work, and play.
We do all of this with a safety-first mindset and a quest for the latest in technological advances. We’re dedicated to constantly improving our processes and finding new ways to meet the needs of our customers. The status quo is never enough and at Wessuc it never will be.
It’s why we’re the leader in our industry and the reason our relationships with clients go beyond to just getting the job done. We really do care about and are proud of everything we do. It’s in our DNA and the only way we know how to do business.
It seems new subdivisions continue to pop up throughout southern Ontario. As the population continues to increase, and before more homes are built, additional water and sewer infrastructure is required to ensure basic services can be provided. This includes sewage systems.
For sewage systems, Pumping stations are available in a variety of designs, with a plethora of options, to address specific needs. Smaller stations typically have only a wet well while large stations are often built with both a wet and dry well. Proper planning ensures the station is designed not only for immediate needs but in consideration of future growth.
Remember pumping station design can have a major impact on the maintenance and overall lifecycle cost of a sewage system. Once the pumping station has been designed and built you must keep in mind the maintenance of the system as well. Wet well’s especially have a complex configuration system that with poor design can be costly in wastewater management and septic issues. Whether you are designing a pumping station or already have one, it is important you have solutions ready and are prepared for wet well maintenance costs.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find a solution for your wet well maintenance or simply ask our advice for future planning.
Proper Wet Well Maintenance Contributes to Sewer System Health and Decreases Risk of Sewer Backups and Associated Environmental and Economic Costs
Wet well maintenance is essential. Any number of things can cause a pump to fail resulting in sewer infrastructure damage, sewer backups or a spill into the natural environment. A recent article in Timmins Today, “Grease and Rags Clog Pumps, Raw Sewage Bypassed into Lake”, demonstrates how things can go very wrong with a sewage system and negatively impact the environment.
The need for monitoring and cleaning of pumping stations has increased over the past decade thanks to the introduction of so called “flushable wipes” and other “flushables” that increase the potential for pump plugging or failure. These items are, in fact, not flushable and whole campaigns have been set up to inform people about their damaging effects and associated costs. In addition to the increased use of “flushables”, new construction and cultural diet have contributed to the growing necessity for increased focus on wet well cleaning and maintenance.
5 Steps to Wet Well Maintenance & Cleaning
While there is no set standard when it comes to pumping station design or maintenance schedule, each station specific cleaning and maintenance needs must be assessed in accordance with the flows and sewage characteristics it receives.
There are 5 essential aspects to wet well maintenance and cleaning:
1. Wet Well Maintenance Safety Considerations
The first aspect for any maintenance and cleaning project is to ensure the project is completed in a safe manner. Wet wells are confined spaces and should be treated accordingly:
- Workers should be trained in confined space entry,
- Continuous gas monitoring should be employed,
- Lockout-tagout (LOTO) procedures should be followed, and
- Emergency procedures should be planned, documented and practiced in advance.
As wet wells often maintain flow during the cleaning and maintenance, extra care should be taken with gas monitoring as the gases in a wet well can change rapidly as influent is received from the sewer system.
2. Plan for Wet Well Cleaning and Maintenance
Each pump station has unique characteristics which will need to be accounted for. Some things will affect the maintenance operation, others may affect the safety procedures required. A wet well hazard assessment should be done prior to entry. Many municipalities have hazard assessments done for their pumping stations which should be reviewed with staff prior to well entry. Proper planning will tie into the safety, timing, water, and disposal aspects to ensure that the maintenance and cleanout activities are completed as efficiently and safely as possible.
3. Timing of Wet Well Cleaning
Flows through a pumping station will vary throughout the day reflecting the hours that people inhabit those areas. In a heavy industrial area, working hours may experience higher flows, whereas a station servicing a residential area will have higher flows earlier in the morning and later in the evening.
Some pumping stations will have multiple wet wells which can be isolated thereby eliminating inflow as a concern. Smaller stations will have only one wet well and maintenance should be scheduled when flows are typically lowest. Most pumping stations have flow monitoring which will assist in determining the optimal times for wet well cleaning and maintenance.
Another timing consideration is the frequency at which stations need to be cleaned. Often a complete cleaning of a wet well is only needed 1-2 times a year. However, weekly or even daily maintenance by operators is needed to clean bar screens and readily accessible debris.
4. Water Considerations
Proper cleaning and maintenance of wet wells requires a water source to break up the debris that has built up in the pump station. Grease, plastics, hair, rags, and grit can collect in the station and require a high-pressure water source to break up, dislodge, and liquify debris for easy removal with a vacuum truck or submersible pump. If onsite water is unavailable, it can be trucked in to complete the project.
5. Wet Well Cleaning Disposal
Once wet well clean-out debris is removed from the pumping station, it needs to go somewhere. Few wastewater treatment plants can receive the slurry/grit and debris from a pumping station wet well. Additionally, landfills will not accept material that does not pass a slump test (an indicator for overall solids concentration). Usually the material needs to be taken to a drying bed to solidify and then taken to a landfill for disposal. In some cases, it makes sense to process the material onsite, solidifying it for landfill disposal.
Implementing Procedures for Wet Well Cleaning and Maintenance Ensures Reduced Risk of Sewer Failures and Related Costs
To keep sewer systems running optimally, appropriate wet well cleaning and maintenance is crucial. Keeping the five steps to wet well maintenance in mind and ensuring that you have experienced workers performing the job will set you up for success. If you need to further explore your options for wet well maintenance, contact us; we can use our wet well maintenance expertise to customize the right plan of action for your facility.