How much does it cost to operate and maintain your vacuum sewer system? Is that high and what is normal? Lets also talk about the best way to reduce your maintenance costs. Critical Factors Flovac's operations group has completed audits of systems in many locations and through our … [Read more...]
My Vacuum Pumps are Due for an Upgrade – What Next ?
When a vacuum sewer system was planned in your area, there was probably an options study done showing whole of life costs. There was an expectation that over the life of the system (100 years) there would be items that would wear out and need replacing. Just as there would be components that would … [Read more...]
1,000,000 cycles. How long should your vacuum valve last.
A vacuum interface valve is located in a collection pit usually outside of the property boundary at the side of the road. In most systems this collection pit is connected to 4 to 6 homes via a gravity pipe connection. Although the vacuum system is designed so that the vacuum valve allows … [Read more...]
Rehabilitating Old 2-inch Vacuum Systems
Those engineers thinking that vacuum sewer technology is new, may be surprised to learn that there are still a number of operating systems installed in the late 1960's and 1970's. These early systems were installed using 2-inch vacuum valves rather than the 3-inch (80mm) vacuum valves commonly … [Read more...]
Vacuum Sewer Operations Manager Interview
Interview with Alistair Read - Operations Manager Coorong Quays, South Australia. Coorong Quays Project Link 1. What is your role at Coorong Quays? I am the Manager of Operations of the Coorong Quays canal development in charge of the vacuum sewer system as well as the Treatment … [Read more...]
Is Infiltration Causing Problems in Your Sewerage System?
Not long after Miles Crossing Sanitary Sewer District in Oregon installed a new vacuum sewer system they realized they had an issue that needed an immediate fix. According to the superintendent, Carl Gifford, "Our flows exceed 180,000 gallons [on heavy rain days] due to a massive I/I issue that we … [Read more...]