As the primary wastewater treatment facility for the city of Alexandria and Fairfax County, Va., the Alexandria Sanitation Authority’s sewage plant operates 24 hours a day with a volume that can exceed 80 million gallons per day. For pH control, the operation uses a half-million pounds of pelletized lime per month, conveyed from trucks to 70-foot silos via twin four-inch lines.
Initially the lines were fitted with four-inch sweep elbows. When the sweeps began leaking after about six months in service, the Authority swapped them for sweeps fitted with wear-backs.
“Then we were probably losing an elbow every nine months,” Lead Mechanic Bob Devereaux said, adding that the resulting dust and downtime was not a good thing for such a high-volume facility.
In early 1998, Devereaux received a postcard from Plant Process Manager Tom Tyler offering a free trial of the HammerTek Smart Elbow deflection elbow. The Authority began replacing sweeps in its lime lines with four-inch HammerLoy™ Smart Elbow models in April, and by June there were five Smart Elbow units in service.
Two years later Devereaux pulled a couple of the Smart Elbow units out of service and inspected them for wear. Finding none, the Authority continued replacing its old-style sweeps with Smart Elbow deflection elbows, which have consistently resisted any hint of wear. Devereaux says the switch to Smart Elbow models has more than paid for itself.
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