Cities use vacuum excavation to clean out catch basins

The middle of fall is usually one of the busiest times for city and county workers cleaning out catch basins and stormwater drains from leaves and other debris. Last year catch basin cleaning accounted for more than half of the City of Atlanta’s wastewater work orders. Many cities have similar issues from the backed up stormwater drains that can create flooding within neighborhoods and downtown streets.

A Vac-Tron Vacuum Excavator is the solution that is a fast and efficient way to remove large amounts of buildup that can cause many issues for cities and counties.  Air or hydro excavation will break up the sediment and then the industrial vacuum powerfully removes and stores the debris into a tank.

This Public Works crew in the image below in the City of Temecula, California uses a Vac-Tron PMD 500 GT vacuum truck with a 500-gallon debris tank, 225-gallon freshwater tank, and a jetter putting out 15 GPM/2,200 psi. They capture cleaning water at the outlet of the basin box to keep it from reaching the creeks.

The City of Temecula, Calif. use Vacuum Excavation to clean out catch basins
The City of Temecula, Calif. use Vacuum Excavation to clean out catch basins (Image Source: mswmag.com)

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