Choosing the right wastewater pumps for your facility ensures meeting technical and sanitation guidelines that are prescribed for pump applications. In addition, it helps ensure optimal operational efficiency and performance. And it makes the most out of operational costs.
If you have yet to begin sorting through the different options that you can choose from when it comes to selecting the right pumping equipment for your needs, this guide is for you. Consider:
Type of wastewater pump
There are three major types of wastewater pumps: conventional dry well pumps, submersible non-clog pumps, and vertical turbine-type solids-handling pumps. Choosing which one is best for your needs should factor in essential criteria, including:
- Life cycle cost estimates
- Maintenance costs and methodologies; and
- Type of wastewater materials to be handled
In managing any of the three criteria above, some pumps perform better than others. For example, if you have a limited budget, a regular dry well pump will be among your least expensive options. If you want to restrict downtime during maintenance, opting for a non-clog system is best. Or if your facility needs to treat certain abrasive materials in the wastewater, your chosen pump must be equipped to handle those materials.
Ease of operation
How easy it will be for your facility to operate the pump to its full functionality depends on the initial learning curve that comes with its system. After all, some pumps require deeper technical expertise, while others can be managed even by first-timers. The Gorman-Rupp Ultra V series, for instance, boasts of an advanced self-priming centrifugal wastewater pump range that is designed to be high-performing, but also easy to manage for monitoring. It is also reported to be ideal for operator safety.
Your working conditions should also be assessed well to make sure you end up getting the right pump. If you are thinking of investing in a submersible pump, for example, you have to contend with the necessity of meeting certain requirements for the safe and functional installation and operation of such an equipment. Installing one in a wet well situation is not going to be as easy to maintain, as you will need to drain the wet well; to get around this challenge, some facilities install a submersible pump according to a pull-up design, where the discharge piping is connected to an elbow that can be raised and lowered according to specific application needs.