Paul Schuitt has joined JWC Environmental as the western regional sales manager for the municipal wastewater market.
When the Santa Margarita (Calif.) Water District (SMWD) was formed in 1964 by a group of ranchers who wanted a reliable water source for their cattle, the district served more cows than people. Since then, the area has grown to over 150,000 homes and businesses, and the SMWD maintains more than 1,200 miles of water and sewer lines across a 62,674-acre service area.
JWC Environmental has entered into an agreement to acquire IPEC Consultants Ltd.
IPEC Consultants is a Canada-based manufacturer of solids/liquid separation products for wastewater and specialty industrial process liquids.
The new 10K Series Muffin Monster from JWC Environmental combines waste grinding capabilities in a compact, easy-to-install unit that is suited to a variety of wastewater grinding applications. This newest addition to the family of Muffin Monster grinders is available in pipeline, open channel and pump station configurations that pack big power in a small package.
Pump blockages and rags are significant barriers to energy and operational efficiencies at pump stations, causing unscheduled shutdowns, safety hazards for operators, costly equipment repairs and increased power usage due to a decrease in the pumps’ hydraulic performance. Scottish Water observed these negative effects, which were caused by an influx of wipes and rags throughout a network of area pump stations.
Located along the Spokane River and set among large evergreen trees, the City of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, treatment plant follows some of the toughest treatment requirements in the nation. The facility must meet strict nutrient limits in order to protect the river and a downstream drinking water reservoir.
The Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, wastewater treatment plant has been in operation since 1939, making it one of the earliest examples of a municipal secondary-level treatment facility in the world. Since then, the facility has been overhauled significantly to keep up with demand, area growth and innovations in wastewater treatment technology.
The patent-pending improvements to JWC Environmental’s Muffin Monster family of grinders and Monster Separation Systems fine screens capture wipes, cut them to a size that will not clog pumps and remove them from the waste stream.
Increasingly, wipes are causing serious issues for wastewater treatment system operators. Many of the wipes entering sewage systems are not dispersible and technically not flushable. The term “flushable wipes” was spawned in the 1980s when a consumer products company brought a latex-bonded air-laid wet wipe with polyester fibers to the market. The wipe was considered “flushable” since it could transit through the toilet, but with all those polyester fibers, it was not dispersible.
Grease can cause big problems, but when managed properly it can provide big dividends as a renewable energy source. The wastewater treatment plant in West Lafayette, Ind., has grease in abundance and is making the most of it.
In 2012, the plant received an average of 18,000 gal of grease per month. Although grease deliveries are not always daily, the plant can get multiple deliveries in one day. One small tanker truck can bring in 2,000 to 3,000 gal while a large truck can bring in between 4,000 to 5,000 gal.
An Abundance of Grease
The city of Revelstoke, located along the Columbia River in British Columbia, boasts a growing ski resort and one of the world's best heli-skiing destinations. The scenery of the neighboring Selkirk and Monashee mountains belies Revelstoke's growing population. In 2007, Revelstoke had more than 7,000 residents, and hosted thousands of winter sport enthusiasts at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
A Growing Problem
In recent years, maintenance operators at the Segerstrom Lift Station in Santa Ana, Calif., noticed an escalation in pump ragging and blockages. This led to an increase in maintenance expenses due to half- to full-day cleanings and an increase in man-hours. Engineers sought the help of Costa Mesa-based JWC Environmental (JWCE), which recommended a Channel Monster sewage grinder.
For many years, a water reclamation plant in Texas successfully used six Penn Valley double disc pumps for their primary sludge and scum applications. At their latest expansion project, they added macerators in-line ahead of all the double disc pumps to enhance their process and grind rags and debris. Since the installation of the macerators, they have suffered severe problems with plugging of the pump suction lines that led to frequent pump rebuilds. After years of frustration in dealing with this problem, they turned to the Sludge Monster.
When Otter Creek Water Reclamation District was faced with expensive recurring cleanup costs at its largest wastewater pump station, engineers solved the problem with the Muffin Monster.
Disposal of fats, oils and grease (FOG) was an ongoing problem for municipalities and utility companies for years. When these thick, gooey substances are allowed to discharge through drains, they congeal inside sewer pipes and cause an overflow. Sewage overflows are health hazards, damaging property and the environment.
The Suzhou River near Shanghai, China, winds peacefully through beautiful gardens and parks, and flows alongside elegant temples and pagodas. The river has a rich cultural heritage in the region, including several elaborate stone arch bridges that cross it. However, as Shanghai has expanded the river has faced serious challenges from pollution.
For several years, local Michigan municipalities were overloaded with septage disposal issues and it was difficult for private pumpers to offload as land-application of septage became illegal. So John Campbell, founder of Big Fish Environmental and a 29-year veteran of septic tank pumping, started developing a unique and efficient septage receiving and treatment plant design.
Before the first Muffin Monster grinder was installed, Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) had no effective way of reducing waste in the effluent wastewater being received at the City of Las Vegas Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF). According to Lloyd Noffsinger, maintenance and operations supervisor for CCDC since 1984, WPCF staff was continually contacting his office to find out how certain items were ending up in their facility. Unfortunately, CCDC needed funding to support any new wastewater projects.
Whistler Resort, located in British Columbia, Canada, is the alpine host for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. While athletes around the world were training, long-planned upgrades to the Whistler Resort’s wastewater treatment plant had been underway to ensure completion in time for the Olympics where Whistler expected thousands of athletes, spectators and media.