SRS Crisafulli News

Spring Schedule - Rural Water Shows in the Northwest

Posted by Laura Fleming on Thu, Feb 06, 2014 @ 13:02 PM

Well, it's actually a bit of winter schedule, but this winter needs more spring.

We are kicking off our trade show schedule by being in two places:  Fargo, North Dakota and Great Falls, Montana.  In both cases, we are attending the State Rural Water Show. 

At the Fargo Rural Water Show, SRS Crisafulli's Troy Fercho, Dredge Sales and Rental, will be making a presentation:  Wastewater Lagoon Dredging Process.

The A Team will then travel to Des Moines, Iowa, for their Rural Water Show (February 24 - 26), and swing by the Pumper Show in Indianapolis.  Let us know if you want to meet up.  We are traveling lightly at the Pumper Show - you will not find us on the Exhibitors List.

In March, we are working the Idaho Rural Water Show (March 12 - 14) in Boise, and then at the end of April, we will be at the California Rural Water Show at Lake Tahoe.  We can't wait for that show - as it will actually be spring then, even if California is experiencing a drought.

Of course, we will also be at the Glendive Agri-Tech Exposition at the Eastern Plains Event Center that opens tomorrow, February 7, and continues into Saturday.  We are introducing SRS Crisafulli's DUAL-PRO (540/1000) Power Unit at this event.  Please stop by.  Our original camouflage trailer pump will also be on display outdoors.

Links:

North Dakota Rural Water Association

In many areas of North Dakota, water used for domestic, municipal, and livestock needs, is of
insufficient quantity and/or quality. This has inconvenienced the residents of small towns and rural areas, as well as retarded the overall economic growth of North Dakota. The formation of rural water systems has helped to bring clean, safe water to many of these areas throughout North Dakota.

Montana Rural Water Association

Provides training and technical assistance to people running systems for drinking water, waste water, including tribal communities.

Iowa Rural Water:  Feburary 24 - 26

Conference theme:  Power of the Past;  Force of the Future

Idaho Rural Water Association March 12 - 14

Quoting from a recent press release in the Idaho Statesman:  "Idaho Gov. Otter touted a study in his State of the State address to look at raising the height of the nearly century-old Arrowrock Dam to increase the Treasure Valley's water supply.  But if the 348-foot dam is raised, it will be flood control that drives the decision and the millions of dollars in federal spending the project would need...  an estimated $10 billion worth of homes, buildings and other structures lie in the Boise River flood plain.  Water supply is a future concern for Idaho's farmers, but flooding is an every-year worry for anyone living along the river."

Water is never boring.

California Rural Water Association EXPO:  April 28 - May 1, South Lake Tahoe

Glendive Agricultural Trade Exposition  - Glendive, Montana

 

 in Just- spring when the world is mud- luscious the little lame balloonman whistles far and wee.
E. E. Cummings

Topics: dredging, Municipal dredging, water treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant, Rural Water, WWTP

Training: How to Remove Lagoon Sludge and Improve WWTP Outcomes

Posted by John Zuccerella on Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 13:05 PM

What should you do when your town is under multiple and ongoing consent orders for violations of its Montana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (MPDES) wastewater discharge permit?

By Laura Fleming, President

Excessive lagoon sludge accumulation contributes to the poor performance of any treatment system, particularly in winter.  Removing sludge from the lagoon cells will improve treatment at the facility and help to address some of the violations in the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) enforcement action. 

The City of Harlem, Montana has a wastewater treatment system consisting of a three cell partially mixed aerated lagoon system constructed in 1985.  The lagoon system discharges to the Milk River under wastewater discharge permit MT0021270. The sludge removal project is the initial step in a comprehensive facility upgrade for the City of Harlem.

 

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Photo:  Plaque at the Harlem WasteWater Lagoons:  Construction 1985.

Stahly Engineering & Associates, Bozeman, MT and City of Harlem staff conducted a lagoon survey in December 2009.  Each cell was sampled in multiple locations using a sludge judge probe assembly operated from a small boat.  Solids volumes were calculated using the lagoon bottom area multiplied by the sludge depth.  A volume allowance was added for solids accumulated along the sloped sides.  The aerated ponds contain significant quantities of settled solids 1 to 2 percent in concentration and occupy between 27 and 58 percent of available volume. 

 

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 Photo:  Aeration in Cell #3, City of Harlem, WWTP, May 2013

Jim Bridges, a Geotube distributor doing business as Clearwater Dewatering, in Nampa, Idaho, brought together a number of parties to collaborate on the City of Harlem’s Sludge Removal Project and turn it into a training opportunity.

WaterSolve, LLC, a national leader in dewatering operations located in Caledonia, Michigan, and a master distributor of TenCate GeoTube® products bid the project. The project is financed by a grant from the Renewable Resource Grant and Loan (RRGL) program of Montana’s Department of Natural Resources.

A subcontractor to WaterSolve, SRS Crisafulli, Inc., Glendive, MT, a manufacturer of sludge removal dredge systems, will be providing the dredge, float line, and operator/trainers to this two week project, located 270 miles northwest of the Glendive factory, just the other side of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

Montana Rural Water System’s Dan Kramer has qualified a training program, Sludge Removal for Small System Wastewater Operators Workshop, as a Continuing Education Credit (.35 CEC's)for Montana Certified Operators, approved by the Montana DEQ.  He is offering training at the jobsite with presentations at City Hall.  The training will be offered on  Thursday, June 6th, 2013.  Training is geared towards small and medium sized wastewater systems.  The training will provide information about the importance of the Notice of Intent, daily monitoring of equipment calibration and operation, a discussion of sludge removal, and the on-site demonstration of the working sludge removal system.

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Photo:  Montana Water Environment Association Award to the City of Harlem for the Outstanding Operation, Maintenance and Administration of a WasteWater Treatment System, 1995.  On the wall at the Harlem City Hall.

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Presentations at this one-day seminar will be conducted by Dan Kramer, Wastewater Technician, and Randy Wilcox, P.E., Technical Sales Manager of WaterSolve. Representative Alan Junker from Tencate, and Ryan Rittall of Stahly Engineering will participate in a roundtable discussion. This program is open to all wastewater operators and is eligible for 0.35 CEC’s. The seminar will cover the problems facing many wastewater treatment lagoon facilities.

This specific project involves the removing of approximately 75 tons (dry weight basis) of lagoon solids from up to three treatment lagoons and pumping to a gravity dewatering system consisting of polymer addition and gravity dewatering bags.  All systems are designed by the contractor and all dewatering bags will be left on site.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dan Kramer at techman@ronan.net.

We look forward to see you in Harlem!

 

Topics: flump, lagoon, sludge, Rural Water, WWTP, wastewater, aerated ponds, Geotube, City of Harlem