These items cluster together, forming “rag balls,” detrimental to wastewater treatment plants. The system is comprised of three RAS pumps (return-activated sludge) that require a manual clean-out 21 times a week, costing $3,000 weekly. The process for the maintenance team was time-consuming, disruptive, and dangerous:
- Shut down the pumps.
- Pull the pumps up.
- Dislodge the blockages from the sharp
impellers by hand.
After years of research, the city installed three DERAGGER® systems, one for each pump at the plant.
The city installed a DERAGGER® system to monitor the pumps’ amperage, voltage, and hertz outputs and sense potential overloads. If a clog is detected, the DERAGGER® reverses the direction of the blades on the pump impellers, eliminating the clog or rag. By enabling Real Time Pump Protection™ to detect rags and run a clean cycle, DERAGGER® clears the first rag and prevents a clogged pump. Eight months post-installation, there were no shutdowns, and the city saved over $100,000. Installing DERAGGER® saves money and time and improves operator safety. This remarkable transformation was featured on
the local news channel in Palestine, TX: KLTV.