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Lift Stations: Attacking the “new Sewage” with Vaughan Chopper Pumps

 


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Disposable, throw-away products are making raw sewage pumping tougher than ever.

The Jefferson Street Pump Station at the City of Centralia, WA had a problem
demanding a cost effective solution. According to Greg Boone, lead collection
technician from Centralia, “We pulled the [originally installed non-clog] pumps
over 40 times during 2007 … it takes two employees to pull a pump, that
accumulates 2 hours [4 man-hours] each time the station was visited.”

The original non-clog pumps had provided acceptable service when they had been
installed about 10 years earlier. But the changing nature of today’s sewage,
carrying ever increasing amounts of debris such as disposable floor wipes, has
rendered these pumps effective. The floor wipes and other rages, hairs, and debris
wind together to make a matted ball, blocking off flow to the pump intakes, generating high-level alarm and overflow emergencies.

Greg Boone (360-330-7512), who oversees the city’s 25 lift stations, contacted
Vaughan’s representative, Mike Hoskison of PumpTech, Inc, o find a solution. Ike
then invited Greg Boone and 6 of his workers to Vaughan Co. of Montesano, WA
where Vaughan Co. set up a demonstration tank and pumped and chopped an entire
box of disposable floor wipes without problems, giving the Centralia folks real
hope for a solution.

In mid-November, 2007 Centralia ordered 2 Vaughan model PE4P6CS-088 vertical
pedestal chopper pumps with 15 HP, 1760-RPM motors, delivered about 4 weeks
later. These pumps use Vaughan’s flushless, cartridge mechanical seal, simplifying
the installation. They are specified for 640 US GPM at 41’ TDH.
The pumps were installed in February, 2008. According to Greg Boone, “… we
have not had to pull either [replacement Vaughan] pump. This is a big money
saving …” Recently the city purchased another Vaughan pump to solve a similar
problem at another pump station.

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Lift Stations


Date Posted: 2010-04-15
Posted By: MONITOR PUMPS
Listed under these Business Listing Categories: Pumps & Valves, Manufacturing,

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