Using a Self Priming Pump to Replace Vacuum Trucks

Discover how replacing vacuum truck services with a Self-Priming EDDY Pump system can save your company hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
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Vacuum trucks are used worldwide to help companies clean up waste, transfer material, and provide environmental emergency relief. Companies are continually needing to hire the services of a vacuum truck to dispose of waste such as oil tailings, coal ash, and food debris from sumps and tanks to continue operations. These industrial waste products are then transferred to treatment plants, sump pits, or sometimes across large fields or ponds. However, vacuum trucks are often a high cost for any industrial operation.

For some companies, the cost associated with frequent vacuum truck use can climb to levels that become unsustainable. In these instances, companies can massively reduce cost by rethinking their operation and replacing vacuum truck services with that of a trailer mounted self-priming pump unit. This setup would essentially perform the same job, for a fraction of the annual cost of repeat vacuum truck services.

For companies that process a lot of waste byproducts, vacuum trucks can be a convenient method to dispose of it all. However, over time, the cost for vacuum truck services can become burdensome, especially for frequent cleanings. Additionally, you are relying on a third party to ensure the job is completed, which can turn problematic if you are in a time crunch.

Self-Priming EDDY Pump Advantages

  • Non-Clog, High Viscosity, High Specific Gravity, High Abrasives, Low pH Pumping Design
  • Self-Priming Technology
  • 30-70% Solids Pumping by Volume
  • Ability to pump objects of up to 12-inches in diameter
  • Powered by Electric or Diesel
  • Easily process rags, string, rocks and foreign objects

Main Applications: Mining, Wastewater, Chemical, Sumps, Digester Tanks, Sludge, Paper/Pulp, Replacing Vacuum Trucks, and more.

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EDDY Pumps vs Centrifugal Pump

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Vacuum Truck Alternative – Replace with a Trailer Mounted Self-Prime Pump

Due to the high solids contents, along with large amounts of debris, a traditional centrifugal pump could never do what vacuum trucks could. This has recently changed with the new EDDY Pump self-priming non-clog pumps. Now all you need to do is throw the suction hose into the tank or sump and you can pump the material thousands of feet without any issues. The non-clog pump design of the EDDY Pump makes it so you can pass solid objects of up to 12-inches in diameter at pumping rates of up to 4000 GPM.The EDDY Pump self-priming pump unit can be run electrically or diesel-driven to fit in all conditions and meet stringent factory and regulatory standards. Also, with no critical tolerances, the non-clog EDDY Pump will last years with little to no maintenance.Replacing existing vacuum truck operations with a self-priming unit offers several advantages for handling multiple types of waste. 
  1. Potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual service costs compared to the one-time purchase of a Self Priming EDDY Pump system.
  2. Pump on your own schedule, allowing you to shape your entire process more efficiently. With a self-priming unit, you have to ability to pump your material into nearby disposal areas, on-site storage tanks, or dewatering bags which can then be hauled away at your convenience.
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Dewatering bags are perfect for materials that can be dewatered and dispersed on site.

Cost Savings

For example, a recent client in the manufacturing space was paying over $200,000 every year for vacuum truck companies to frequently come out and collect the waste in their sumps. To combat the rising costs, they tried using other pumps but there was a high failure rate because of large debris and abrasive slurries which would clog the pump, creating maintenance and downtime issues.

This was solved with a 2-inch self-priming EDDY Pump for less than 10% of the annual vacuum truck costs!

Geotextile bags work very well in conjunction with the EDDY Self Priming pump. All you need to do is hook up the discharge line of the pump to the bag’s opening, and pump all material straight into the bag for collection.

As the bag fills with water, the sediment is trapped in the fabric of the bag, allowing the water to drain into the environment. When using dewatering bags, avoid multiple pipe discharges as it can cause the filter bag to fail. When filled to capacity, geotextile bags can be buried in place or cut open to remove and dispose of sediment, offering a much cheaper alternative to vacuum truck disposal services.

Pump Applications That Will Benefit From an EDDY Self-Priming Pump

Manufacturing: Large pits collect all the waste wash off from the manufacturing processes. This material is often laden with lots of abrasive debris and solids.

Paper/Pulp Production: Concrete sumps and basins are frequently filled with caustic chemicals and chunks of trees and bark as part of the paper manufacturing process.

Oil/Gas/Drilling: Drilling mud pumping and drill cuttings from tanks and waste disposal ponds often need to be cleaned out and removed off-site.

Fundamentally, the main motivating factor to switch to a self-priming pump unit is to save money. By running some quick numbers, you should be able to quickly determine if your company can save money by converting existing systems to a self-priming unit. For additional information on self-priming pump units, click here.

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