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Over 55 Tons of Material Removed From Municipal Wastewater Plant

July 29, 2021
Wastewater Visibility News

USST’s Crew Navigates Tight Spaces and Difficult Access A municipal wastewater treatment plant in Central Florida required regular maintenance on their aeration basin, digester, and headworks to remove built-up sludge, sand, grit, and rag material.  U.S. Submergent Technologies (USST) was called in to tackle the job using our powerful and versatile Combination3® Truck and knowledgeable crew. “This was our third time back to this facility for regular maintenance,” said Paul Del Favero, Operations Manager at USST.  “Our company track record of safety on the job site and our crews’ ability to understand and overcome problems on the ground are all contributing factors to our outstanding reputation in this industry.” USST’s crew mobilized to the site, bringing with them a powerhouse of knowledge and equipment.  Our Combination3® Truck is outfitted with a 49-foot extendable boom, downhole pump, and jetter.  The facility’s headworks structure was 25-feet high and because of the extended reach of our Combination3® Truck, the crew was able to safely access the material and remove it expeditiously. In total, just over 55 tons of material were removed from the facility and disposed of off-site.  The closed-loop cleaning system of the Combination3® Truck translated to odor and noise control for the facility and surrounding community. “The challenges this project presented to our crew involved navigating tight spaces and tight access.  This required extensive confined space entry protocols to be employed along with strategic equipment positioning.  In the end, we overcame these challenges, accomplished the job efficiently, and restored much-needed capacity to the facility,” concluded Paul Del Favero. Got Grit? USST can Grit ‘Er Done!® Reach out to one of our Project Advisors for a free site assessment or to learn more about USST’s specialties in removing material from hard-to-reach environments.   Call (844) 956-1039 or email us at
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March 29, 2021

Wastewater Visibility News

1 Year Later – Impacts of COVID on the Wastewater Industry

It has been a year since our lives were impacted by a global pandemic. Who would have thought we would live through something like this? The coronavirus created a crisis unprecedented in our lifetimes. COVID has personally and professionally challenged each of us to adjust our lives and adapt to new norms in our society. Words like personal protective equipment, social distancing, contact tracing, and essential workers became part of our vocabulary, and the way we conduct business has changed. COVID-19, Changes in the Wastewater Industry & Beyond In March 2020 life seemed to come to a halt and that

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May 21, 2018

Wastewater Visibility News

Limiting Time in the Tank

CONFINED SPACE ENTRY IN THE WASTEWATER INDUSTRY Confined spaces can be deadly.  Each year, many people are seriously injured or killed while working or attempting to rescue those in confined spaces across a wide range of industries. The term “permit-required confined space” is defined by OSHA as possessing one or more of the following characteristics: Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere Has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area that could trap or asphyxiate an entrant Contains other recognized safety or health hazards, such as unguarded machinery, exposed

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October 16, 2017

Wastewater Visibility News

Safety in Movement

We are moving fast, every day, in both our personal and professional lives.  It is during these busy times when we must focus and be extra attentive of things in motion around us, including ourselves, especially when safety is the goal. Safety matters most when we are moving; there is a higher probability of things happening that shouldn’t.  People, places, equipment, vehicles and more are constantly on the move, meaning more risk for the individual. “Falls” is the number one cited job site fatality in 2015 according to OSHA1, followed by “Struck By Object.” Take a glance at OSHA’s “Top

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January 18, 2017

Wastewater Visibility News

Safety Spotlight: Confined Spaces

Confined spaces can be deadly. Each year, a number of people are killed or seriously injured in confined spaces. This happens in a wide range of industries and includes those working in confined spaces, and those who try to rescue them. Our hearts go out to the three workers who died last weekend while working in a confined space in Key Largo, and volunteer firefighter, Leonardo Felipe Moreno, who is in critical condition after attempting to rescue one of the workers. A confined space can be any enclosed area where there is risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances

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