Is it “Engineering” When You Continue Using the Same Old Wastewater Pumping Methods?
When you arrive home at night, do you reach down to turn on the TV before adjusting the rabbit ears, or have you joined the technology of the remote and use the digital services now provided? Is dinner ready by use of microwave or a modern full-featured cook top? To make a phone call, do you still dial a number using your finger in a rotating mechanical pulse counter, or do you use a smartphone with one touch dialing? How is your 1953 Ford or Chevy running? Perhaps you have upgraded to a more modern form of personal transportation.
Why is it then that you still specify 1950’s wastewater technology when designing a lift station for your clients?
I would assume that you are using current technology in your home and in your life. Why would you not also recommend an upgrade in wastewater management to your clients? They too could benefit from the savings of operation and labor new wastewater technology provides. No more adjusting the rabbit ears just to make their obsolete systems work.
Do you still believe in the old cast iron submersible pumps in a wet well with the rails and the rust? Wet wells are designed to retain raw sewage that creates hydrogen sulfide which stinks and corrodes. What are you doing about that? Maybe you are not aware of the modern technology now available to pump wastewater?
The DIP System® has Changed the Game
Did you know that the DIP System® is available? Do you know that the DIP System® is completely constructed of stainless steel, and that the pumps are self-cleaning? How about the benefit of no longer having the need for a wet well? That part of maintenance is gone forever! And did you know that there is no valve vault either? The H₂S odors are now gone, and no more float switches either.
What about energy savings? As an example, let’s assume that an old technology submersible pump runs only two hours a day. But in those two hours it runs at 100%. Assume that it is 5 kW pump. In the two hours it would use 10kWh of energy. That leaves 22 hours of idle time.
The same application using a DIP System® might run only at an average of 20% of the speed. This would handle the same flow in 8 hours. With less energy consumed by the pump, the theoretical savings could be as much as 80%. Aren’t your clients concerned with energy savings as well as labor savings?
When you are adjusting your rabbit ears tonight, think about what you have been offering as “engineering” and make the decision to call me to learn about a proven technology you can now offer your clients. Show them that you are a leader in your field – an engineer.
– Jon Dunham, Key Account Manager