SRS Crisafulli News

Harlem Sludge Removal Project - a Montana working holiday

Posted by Troy Fercho on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 10:07 AM

By Laura Fleming, President

For those of you who are following the Harlem Sludge Removal project, after several rain delays, the job is finally scheduled to proceed.  The job is setting up this weekend, (July 20th) and will run approximately 2 weeks.  The assignment is to dredge municipal sludge into a Geotube on site for dewatering into at least 75 dry ton of cake.

As reported here earlier, our electric remote controlled dredge - The Flump - will be used in conjunction with Tencate Geotubes and WaterSolve's flocculants to decant and dewater 35 years of sludge from this small Wastewater Treatment Plant three lagoon system.

The training associated with this installation - 2013 Sludge Removal for Small System Wastewater Operators Workshop - was presented by Wastewater Technician Dan Kramer, Randy Wilcox of WaterSolve, and Alan Juncker of Tencate on June 6th.  SRS Crisafulli's Chad Schipman gave a presentation on this history of the Crisafulli sludge removal systems product line.

 Randy Wilcox, Technical Sales

Randy Wilcox, PE, Technical Sales Manager, WaterSolve, demonstrating the power of flocculants.

 

Alan Juncker, TenCate Geoture market manager at Harlem Sludge demonstration

Alan Juncker, Geotube Market Manager, TenCate, offering a finished cake of sludge.

Graduating class WWTP operators training, Harlem, MT

The graduating class:  Montana Rural Water Association offered Continuing Education for participants in this half day demonstration and training at the Harlem City Hall.

Harlem Montana is on the high-line of Montana's Rte 2.  The Amtrak train stops on either side of Harlem - in both Havre and Malta.  If you'd like to visit the jobsite by train, we will meet you.  You'll be 4 hours east of Glacier National Park - another stop on the Amtrak line.  Pack your bag for a summer hike, and you have yourself a holiday.

We know there are plenty of small wastewater systems out there that operators must desludge.  We welcome visitors to this jobsite to see how it's done.  Seriously, SRS Crisafulli and our partners on this project are making great efforts to educate and demonstrate the most common strategy Wastewater lagoon operators can deploy to maintain compliance, and a long lasting lagoon system.

To schedule an appointment at the job-site, please call the Glendive offices of SRS Crisafulli, Inc., at 406 365 3393, or phone direct to SRS Crisafulli Dredge Rental Manager, Troy Fercho at 612 419 9312.
 

 

SRS Crisafulli, Tencate, WaterSolve, Stahley Engineering at Harlem jobsite

The Team:  Ryan Rittal, PE, Stahly Engineering, Chad Schipman, SRS Crisafulli Engineering, Randy Wilcox, PE, WaterSolve, Alan Juncker, Tencate, Richard from the City of Harlem, Dan Kramer from Montana Rural Water Association, Troy Fercho and Frank Robinson of SRS Crisafulli Sales and Dredge Rental.

Links to our partners:

Stahly Engineering

WaterSolve, LLC

Tencate

Montana Rural Water Association

 

 

Topics: Dredges, crisafulli, dredge, lagoon dredges, lagoon, water treatment plant, sludge, maintenance dredging, City of Harlem

How to clean up a flood damaged Golf Course

Posted by John Zuccerella on Tue, Apr 09, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

In an article written by Jeff Kolpack of Inforum, the Forum of Fargo and Moorhead, SRS Crisafulli makes news for helping the Fargo Park District plan for quick removal of anticipated flood waters at the Edgewood Golf Course, an 18-hole, par 71 Championship course beautifully located along the Red River - the very same Red River that is likely to jump it's banks.

“Enlisting the help of a small army… to fight a flood.  A very small three-piece army known as Crisafulli water pumps.”

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Over a year ago, the Fargo Park District made an investment in three Crisafulli trailer pumps to empty a basin of their golf course which floods when the Red River reaches the 30 foot flood stage.  Rather than waiting for the water to drain naturally, the District made the decision to purchase three Crisafulli water pumps. What they didn't expect was how effective the pumps would be. If the course can open weeks ahead of schedule, golfers can hit the course sooner,  enabling the District to realize a sooner than expected return on investment.

Read the entire article "Pumps may lengthen golf season at Edgewood." Also, to learn more about SRS Crisafulli and our Trailer Pumps please visit http://www.crisafullipumps.com/

Topics: crisafulli, srs crisafulli, Articles, pumps, Golf Course Management

Overcoming Challenges in the International Dredge Market

Posted by John Zuccerella on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 @ 09:01 AM

SRS Crisafulli, Inc. ships a shallow draft dredge to Manila, Philippines to ring in 2013

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After a year of close collaboration with the customer, SRS Crisafulli’s versatile resources in both engineering and manufacturing resulted in shipment of a Rotomite SD-110 shallow draft dredge to Maynilad Water Service in the Philippines.

Three Philippine firms played key roles to close the deal – i.e., Maynilad Water Services, a private water and wastewater provider for the 17 cities and municipalities that comprise the West Zone of the greater Metro Manila area, WaterKonsult Equipment and Service, Inc., a leading equipment and service supplier serving Maynilad and many other Philippine water utilities and water districts, and SRS Crisafulli’s authorized Factory Representative, Ramoncito “Chito” Manaois, of RFM Machinery & Equipment Corp. of Manila, Philippines.

In February of 2012, Waterkonsult contacted SRS Crisafulli through SRS Crisafulli’s website.

Maynilad Water Service needed to remove sediment at its La Mesa Treatment Plant 1.  The sediment-bearing water comes from the Angat Dam and travels more than 30 kilometers to the plant. The river also carries silt to the treatment plant where sludge is collected at the bottom of sedimentation basins. To achieve acceptable, sustained settled water quality and to comply with environmental regulations, La Mesa Treatment Plant 1 must clean its sedimentation basins twice a year.  Cleaning the basins twice a year will preserve basin capacity and water quality.

Waterkonsult learned of Maynilad’s bid offering and contacted SRS Crisafulli. Waterkonsult, in association with Crisafulli’s Philippine sales representative, asked SRS Crisafulli for detailed product specifications for the Rotomite SD-110 dredge, and what makes the Rotomite SD-110 a superior dredge.  

Over the next several months, personnel from Crisafulli, Ramoncito, and Waterkonsult collaborated with Maynilad, answering requests for more information on the Rotomite SD-110. After satisfactorily answering all the requests, the Rotomite SD-110 dredge was selected. The winning SD-110 package offers a high-performing dredge pump able to move 1500 gpm at 80ft TDH in water.  The cutterhead has a 90-inch by 15-inch opening for high sludge production. The hydraulic thruster enables the dredge to be driven like a boat.

On December 31, 2012, the Rotomite SD-110 left SRS Crisafulli’s Factory headed for Manilia for delivery in February 2013. Pursuant to SRS Crisafulli’s superior worldwide service, a SRS Crisafulli Factory-trained engineer will travel to Manila to support the installation and to commission the Rotomite SD-110 dredge.

Stay tuned…

Topics: Dredges, crisafulli, dredge, srs crisafulli, lagoon, water treatment plant, International Market, Rotomite SD-110, Philippines

SRS Crisafulli Hosts Tencate Geotube and Watersolve

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 @ 15:09 PM

SRS Crisafulli, Inc. invites interested members of the community to a bucket demonstration and presentation of dewatering technologies at the West Glendive Fire Hall at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, October 2.

Presentations will be by:
Jim Bridges, Clearwater Dewatering, Nampa, Idaho

Gregg Lebster, President, WaterSolve, LLC, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and

Ed Trainer, Geotube marine and coastline market manager, Tencate Industrial Fabrics

 1:00 – 3:00

West Glendive Fire Station

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tencate Geotubes

Tencate Representative Ed Trainer will demonstrate how to use a Geotube as part of a dewatering and sludge separation system. 

Gregg Lebster will discuss the art of polymers. 

SLUDGE DEWATERING
Efficient removal of water in the liquid solids separation is key to overall use cost analysis. WaterSolve is keenly aware of the value and cost of producing solids to be removed from your site.

GEOTUBES®
WaterSolve polymers offer excellent solids retention and high filtration efficiencies in dredging operations where the floc formation time is often limited and the time to specified cake dryness is critical.

For more information about the arts:

www.gowatersolve.com

www.tencate.com

R.S.V.P. or questions:  Ms. Elizabeth Kaiser, Marketing Manager, SRS Crisafulli, Inc., Glendive, MT.

SRS Crisafulli is a business partner with TencateGeotubes.  SRS stands for Sludge Removal Systems.

We look forward to seeing you for this presentation and discussion.

Topics: crisafulli, dredging, dredging system, Treatment Plant Operator, Municipal dredging, biosolids

Facts About Peat Moss Harvest; Dredging Peat Moss

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Thu, Aug 02, 2012 @ 08:08 AM

By Frank Robinson, SRS Crisafulli Sales Applications Specialist

Peat moss is described by SUN GRO Horticulture as a derivative "from the decomposition of organic material located in bogs, including mosses, reeds and shrubs. Peat bogs are found throughout the world..."  Peat moss can be used as a soil amendment, as a fuel source and more.

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Picture courtesy of Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal; http://www.grida.no/publications/rr/the-natural-fix

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Peatlands cover 3% of the world's land surface.   According to SUN GRO, "Peat bogs are found throughout the world but are principally located in the northern hemisphere with significant numbers of peat bogs found in Canada, Finland, Ireland and Russia. There are more than 270 million acres of peat lands in Canada representing 25% of the world's supply..."  Although harvesting peat moss usually requires the bog "first [be] drained of near-surface water and cleared of all surface vegetation," SRS Crisafulli customers have successfully used Crisafulli dredges to harvest peat moss without draining the bog.

According to Linda Chalker-Scott, Ph.D., "peat moss is an environmentally friendly organic amendment essential for may horticultural purposes."  In Dr. Chalker-Scott's publication, The Myth of Permanent Peatlands, she explains "peat moss has an amazing capacity to hold water like a sponge, slowly releasing it as the surrounding soil dries out."

Peat moss is used to improve poor soils to make them more productive. In so doing, this once living vegetation actually promotes plant growth in landscapes and gardens. In turn, these "greenscapes" cool the environment, filter the air, and capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Restored bog
Partially restored peat bog

Dr. Chalker-Scott says, "There is often a perception that this natural resource cannot be diminished; sales material from one local peat producer claims their supply of peat from a 150-acre lake is "virtually limitless."  The reality is that peat moss accumulates very slowly, and "it is more accurate to describe commercial peat removal as mining."

SRS Crisafulli Specialist Frank Robinson is working with a long-time customer who has been successfully using a Crisafulli Dredge specifically for peat bog harvest.

Rotomite 6000 dredging a peat moss bog
 A Crisafulli Rotomite 6000 dredging a peat moss bog.

 

Linda Chalker-Scott, Ph.D. is an Extension Urban Horticulturist and Associate Professor for Puyallup Research and Extension Center, Washington State University.  You can visit her webpage at:  www.puyallup.wsu.edu/~Linda%20Chalker-Scott

Sun Gro is the largest producer of peat in North America and the largest distributor of peat moss and peat-based growing media products to the North American professional plant growers market.  You can visit them at:  www.sungro.com

Would you like to learn how you can harvest a peat bog using a Crisafulli Dredge?  Contact SRS Crisafulli Specialist Frank Robinson at FrankR@crisafulli.com or call 800-442-7867.

Topics: Dredges, crisafulli, dredge, agriculture, rotomite 6000, peat bogs, peatland, peat bog harvest, peat bog mining

How To Navigate SRS Crisafulli's Product Catalog

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 @ 08:07 AM

By Elizabeth Kaiser, SRS Crisafulli Marketing Manager

We all want to find what we are searching for - quickly and easily. 

With our new Crisafulli online catalog, now you can - at least when you are searching for Crisafulli dredges, pumps, power units and/or parts and accessories.  The new catalog allows you to search our Crisafulli product list using your specifications, features and options that match your product requirements.SRS Crisafulli Product Catalog

Navigate to the product catalog from the SRS Crisafulli website.  You can search for your product using keywords or you can browse through the catalog.

Let's explore the keysord search approach. 

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In the upper left corner of the catalog you will see Search Catalog with a search text box below. 

Type your keywords in the text box and then click the 'Go' button to initiate the search.  You can use generic terms, such as "PTO trailer pump", Crisafulli product brand names, such as, "Rotomite 6000", or product specifications, such as, "50 hp power unit".  For this example, we've typed "PTO trailer pump".  The catalog displays a list of Crisafulli products matching our keywords, organized by product line.

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We realize now that we're actually interested in Humpback trailer pumps, so we click that heading and get the following list.

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From this screen you can compare items based on the results from your search criteria.  For our example we want to narrow the serach further and compare just the 12" pumps.

Check the boxes in the first column for each of the products with 12" pumps, then click the 'Compare Items' button at the top of the list.  You will see a side-by-side comparison of Crisafulli 12" PTO Humpback Trailer Pump Specifications.

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See larger example of side by side comparison.


Now you can see which product best fits your requirements.  To request more information, check the boxes directly below the product images and click the 'Request Information' button at the upper left.

Give the Crisafulli Product Catalog a try!

Topics: crisafulli, srs crisafulli, Product Information, Replacement Part, Tips

SRS Crisafulli Takes Notice of New Technology in Floating Wetlands

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 @ 13:06 PM

By Elizabeth Kaiser, SRS Crisafulli Marketing Manager

SRS Crisafulli spotlights an article from the magazine WaterWorld titled "Floating Wetlands Help Boost Nitrogen Removal in Lagoons" by Mark A. Reinsel, Ph.D.  Dr. Reinsel is a Professional Engineer who focuses on treating mining and other industrial wastewaters through biological, chemical and physical processes.

The article introduces us to research on floating treatment wetlands (FTW) and discusses FTW's ability to reduce nutrient levels in lagoons, including small municipal systems with average flows between 12 - 16 gallons per minute.

These studies review and compare the effectiveness of applications in wastewater treatment lagoons, raw wastewater, ponds and lakes, and agricultural runoff into waterways.  The earliest study conducted was for a Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology (MBRCT) grant.  The Rehberg Ranch, a planned community near Billings Montana, is one of the sites for this FTW study.

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Rehberg Ranch Residential Subdivision, Billings, Montana.  Photo Credit:  Midwest Floating Island, LLC

Midwest Floating Island, LLC has published case studies summarizing FTW technology. Case studies include the Rehberg Ranch lagoon, McLean's Pit Landfill in New Zealand and an alternative nesting habitat in California. 

The Midwest Floating Island FTWs are constructed of post-consumer polymer fibers, vegetated with native plants.  FTWs mimic the ability of natural wetlands to clean water by bringing a "concentrated wetland effect" to any water body - in this case, an aerated wastewater lagoon.

Read the WaterWorld article Floating Wetlands Help Boost Nitrogen Removal in Lagoons.

About the author:  Mark A. Reinsel, Ph.D., P.E., is President of Apex Engineering. Dr. Reinsel has 27 years of experience in consulting, industry and academia.

Learn about the colorful history of Rehberg Ranch.

Submit your own Crisafulli product experience case history.

Watch Crisafulli product videos.

Shop the Crisafulli product catalog.

 

 

Topics: crisafulli, srs crisafulli, lagoon, Montana, Articles, habitat remediation

FLUMP Field Installation Helped by Novel Means of Communication

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Tue, Apr 03, 2012 @ 12:04 PM

By Elizabeth Kaiser, SRS Crisafulli Marketing Manager

Sometimes we need to look up a phone number, check an account, or find an engineer ASAP for on-the-go technical information.  Most of us today rely heavily on our cell phones and email for these important communication needs.  On rare occasions, however, we may find ourselves with no cell coverage, no access to email, and no time to wait for a text or email response.  Maybe not often, but you have to admit, it does happen.

Recently SRS Crisafulli Specialists Chad Schipman and Tristan Hoff were dispatched to install a Crisafulli FLUMP in a remote area of Mexico.  Unfortunately, however, upon arriving at the final destination airport in Mexico, Mr. Schipman discovered his baggage had been lost.  The missing baggage contained the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) manual documenting all the technical specifications for the FLUMP they were about to install and for which they were scheduled to provide training.

Thanks to years of experience, the installation was successfully completed without the manual, but they still needed the technical specs.  Mr. Schipman realized he had no cell phone service and access to his remote email was blocked.  However, he did have Internet access.  On the final morning of the installation visit the home factory received a live chat request (a feature recently made available on the crisafullipumps.com website) from our very own Mr. Schipman.

Chat live now

Within a half hour we were able to publish the required O&M pages and pump curve papers via the crisafullipumps.com website for fast and easy download.  Later that day another chat request came in from Mr. Schipman.  Working together the Engineering, Sales and Marketing departments were collectively able to assist Mr. Schipman. They provided him with flow calculations, general advice and the other documents Mr. Schipman required.  "The live chat was a 'life saver,'" said Mr. Schipman upon his return home.

Contact us

Ever find yourself in a similar situation?  Perhaps we can assist with our live chat function found at crisafullipumps.com.  It is available 8-5 MST Monday through Friday.  During off hours you can use the live chat to leave us a message and we will respond ASAP. 

 

 

Watch video on how to install discharge tubing.

See our current list of equipment in stock.

Topics: crisafulli, srs crisafulli, flump, Product Information

One Thing Leads to Another, by SRS Crisafulli's Laura Fleming

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 @ 08:03 AM

By Laura M. Fleming, SRS Crisafulli CFO and President

The Billings Gazette article by Jan Falstad about SRS Crisafulli, Inc. “Pumping Up Profits” ran last Sunday.  Promptly, I received an email from Russ Fletcher of MATR – Montana Associated Technology Roundtables.  By end of day, after a series a questions, Russ invited me to attend the Montana Ambassadors program in Billings at end of week.

Montana Ambassadors

The Montana Ambassadors program was delightful.  Fun.  Real.  They honored an Educator, an Entreprenuer, and a Business:  MSU President Waded Cruzado, Sarah Calhoun of Red Ants Pants, and Stillwater Mining’s Frank McAllister.  Waded spoke about the constructive impact of the Land Grant University legislatation - the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890;  Sarah told very funny stories about her product development and launch;  and Frank handed out palladium jewelry to all the ladies in the room.

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Harold G Hamm,
Chairman and CEO
Continental Resources

We were also asked to Imagine the Possible by Governor Brian Schweitzer and Keynote Speaker Harold Hamm, founder of the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance, and CEO of Continental Resources, the largest leaseholder and driller in the Bakken Shale – which sits northeast of our rural community of Glendive.  Governor Schweitzer remarked that as governor, he has attended 30 funerals of Montana service men and women lost in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.   Domestic energy production will enable us to conserve and protect our treasures.  Governor Schweitzer also called out, “its engineers that will change the world.”

As part of the Ambassadors program, there was an energy panel, which included Scott Farris of TransCanada.  I was able to ask Scott a question regarding the proposed Baker onramp and the Bakken Oilfield production, which is currently going to market by road and rail.  The Keystone pipeline will have a total capacity of 850,000 barrels/day.  The onramp in Baker – which is 72 miles south of Glendive - will support 100,000 barrels/day from the Bakken fields, delivering the product at half the cost of rail.  Further, the Keystone Pipeline will sequester the Bakken production in batches, a detail which I was curious about.

Energy efficiency, getting resources to the right places at the lowest cost, optimizing flows, as pump people, these are the kinds of issues we at SRS Crisafulli think about.

More...

MSU President Waded Cruzado Honored by Montana Ambassadors as Educator of the Year   

SRS Crisafulli set sights on international markets - Billings Gazette

Montana Ambassadors 

Continental Resources

Domestic Energy Producers Alliance 

Governor’s Office press release about Baker onramp

Topics: crisafulli, srs crisafulli, Montana, mining, Glendive, Oil Production, Bakken Oilfield, pump people

SRS Crisafulli's Guest Author Dr. Losoncy on Water

Posted by Elizabeth Kaiser on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 @ 07:03 AM

Article submitted by Dr. Larry Losoncy, CEO of Clean Up America

Water, Water Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink

Two great crises face the world: shortages of energy and water. The world's population is heading towards seven billion.  It is expected to continue increasing to nearly nine billion people. In order to sustain and enhance life for this many people, it is absolutely necessary that industrialization expand around the world.  As industrialization expands, the need for energy also expands, as does the need for safe fresh water.  Ironic that a planet with many times more surface water than land mass should now be desperate for usable water!

Great Lakes
Photo Credit:  The Great Lakes; Visible Earth:  A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet

One fifth of the world's surface freshwater lies in the Great Lakes. That says much about how the rest of the world lacks for lakes.  Almost all of the streams and rivers on earth are now compromised, needing more and more treatment to be safe (an example of how energy and water use are linked).  Drought, flooding from climate change, pollution from wastewater, and overuse are also wrecking havoc with most rivers, both here and abroad. 

Wells are increasingly threatened by groundwater pollution, unless they are deep aquifers - too far below the surface to be contaminated.  Unfortunately, however, Deep aquifers cannot replenish - precisely because they are so deep.  When pumped for irrigation, drinking water and industrial uses, they are depleted.

New technologies and strategies that go beyond conservation are needed for energy production.  Likewise, the response to water needs must go beyond conservation. New technologies for treating seawater, better use of irrigation, alternatives to water use in producing and packaging food and in the production of energy and in industrial processes are needed RIGHT NOW. 

Our nation and world would do well to work together at these challenges.

 

Wish to share a thought?  You can leave a comment below this article.

Read about Crisafulli's FLUMP dredge's contribution to a remediation effort at the Three Crowns Golf Course

Read how Pond Recovery Services of Hainesport New Jersey used Crisafulli's Rotomite for their shoreline remediation project.

Do you have a project?  Have an SRS Crisafulli Specialist consult with you.

 

Contact Dr. Losoncy about training and business coaching at cuatulsa@cox.net.

Dr. Losoncy, Ph.D., is the CEO of Clean Up America, Inc., a company that markets waterless sanitation systems, including the South African Enviroloo. He writes about environmental and business management issues and does training and consulting. He is also a mental health professional, licensed as a marriage/family therapist. He brings communication and psychological perspectives to bear on business practices.

 

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