High capacity vacuum-guzzler units are gaining popularity particularly for their use in the removal of polluted solid residue from wetland areas. According to studies, this equipment is capable of thoroughly removing such contaminated sediment while maintaining the least amount of disturbance to the wetland environment.
The high-capacity vacuum-guzzler stands out among other vacuum trucks due to its large capacity and high-velocity vacuum which can generate suction of 5,000 to 7,500 cubic feet per minute. This powerful vacuum can suction virtually any type of fluid as well as dredge sediments from a 150-foot distance. The equipment is capable of selectively removing free-standing liquid that can be withdrawn from the storage tank for treatment or discharged, while leaving the sediment alone and ready for transport for disposal or treatment.
This unique vacuum truck is powerful enough to handle just about any type of fluid; however, it particularly excels in dredging. Dredging involves the removal of sediment from shallow water and this vehicle is highly capable of extracting sediment from the bottom of a wetland environment along with the water. The operator then has the option to select whether to separate the water and the sediment or just let them remain mixed together for processing.
This particular feature makes it extremely suitable for treating unclean bodies of water such as what occurred at the Peconan River basin. In this case, the pollution did not just occur in the water but in the sea bed as well. Draining off the water would not have solved the problem, as most of the contaminants had already sunk to the bottom, mixing with the sediment. In this particular type of case, it is important to also remove the sediment for treatment in order to completely free the water system from hazardous waste.
Using this high-capacity truck for decontamination purposes has several advantages over other similar methods.
Decontamination is accomplished by selectively extracting contaminated sediments which has a significantly less negative impact on a water system. Collected solid residue can be returned after it has been treated so that there is no change in the volume of the sediment in a water system.
Another advantage of using this vehicle is that it prevents pollutants from resurfacing. In some decontamination practices, only the contaminants that are floating on the water are removed, leaving the denser hazardous waste mixed with the sediment. During heavy rain, or over a period of time, this leftover pollutant can resurface, flowing with the water system as they are dragged along. This high-capacity vehicle can provide a thorough decontamination that should prevent the resurfacing of such toxic waste.
This vehicle is not picky about the type of fluid or debris it removes. In fact, it can operate at its peak performance on wet, moist and dry sediment, so decontamination can be performed regardless of where the contamination occurs.
The high-capacity vacuum/guzzler is a technological leap forward in vacuum truck technology, opening up more possibilities for this particular application of the vacuum truck, particularly in the decontamination of wetland areas. The use presented by this highly effective vehicle in the high-capacity vacuum recovery operation does indeed make it a technological marvel!