Imagine coming home from a hard day at work only to find your apartment flooded with backed up sewage. For several months this is exactly what residents at an apartment complex in Jacksonville, Florida, found themselves dealing with on an all too regular basis. Sewage was backing up and seeping from the drains in their kitchens and bathrooms creating an incomprehensible mess and odor. The use of strong chemicals and extremely costly repairs was no match for the failing waste management system at the complex. Constructed in the 1970’s, the system had a lot of build up and was too overwhelmed to work properly. Costly, repeated attempts to clean, repair and replace lines, pumps, etc. were adding up and more importantly, did not fix the problem. The main source of the problem was the lift station as it was malfunctioning and, at times, shutting down. The large volume and consistency of the waste coming from thousands of residents was too much for the station to handle.
A lift station is an integral part of a sewage collection system. Raw sewage uses gravity to make its way underground in sloped pipelines. This type of pipe system is referred to as a gravity pipeline. In order for the raw sewage to make its way towards a wastewater treatment plant, it needs to be transported to a higher elevation. Eventually, the raw sewage reaches a storage container referred to as a wet well, which is basically a holding cell that empties out once it reaches a certain level. Solid materials are then removed. Once the wet well is full, a lift station pump will “lift” the sewage upwards using a pressurized sewer force main. A sewer force main is a system that consists of pumps and compressors. Its purpose is to elevate the wastewater to a higher elevation so that it can continue to a wastewater facility for treatment and recirculation.
After months of costly attempts to fix the problem, the owner of the complex reached out to Southland Organics, where a solution to their problem was found. There were two key components to the solution: first, surfactants were poured into the drains of each apartment. This promoted solubility and sludge removal in the clogged drains and pipes. Second, we added PORT to the lift station. Southland Organics’ PORT is a powerful treatment that provides rapid waste degradation and odor control. The good bacteria in PORT liquified solids and erased the biofilm, allowing oxygen to stop the bad bacteria from growing.
PORT efficiently and effectively broke down waste and cleared bio-solids without the use of harsh chemicals, thus enabling the lift station to function as it is intended. This is what Southland Organics aspires to do: help those in need with simple, straight-forward, scientifically based solutions. By using PORT, the customer was able to save thousands of dollars in plumbing bills and overall repair fees.
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