By Ray Warren, Service/Quality Manager, HOMA Pump Technology
Pump clogs cause sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and backed up lift stations that damage the environment. They also put the public health at risk and lead to regulatory fines for the utility.
Wastewater operators and lift station technicians are a dedicated bunch, on call 24/7 to respond to emergencies. But this response is often after an overflow. The problem is costly, resulting in overtime and repair costs. The utility also suffers from a negative perception by the public it serves.
Many utilities install non-clog pumps in their systems to reduce potential sewer overflows. However, blockages and other maintenance issues still occur.