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TX-Drip System Maintenance - Prochaska & Morgan

Presentation: Drip Dispersal Maintenance on Residential and Commercial Projects

Drip dispersal is the most effective and efficient way to reintroduce treated effluent back into the soil. There it can be further treated, nutrients removed by plants and microbes and finally water made available for reuse and recharge. The tubing itself is composed primarily of polyethylene and has a real-life expectancy of greater than 30 years. The problems that occur over that lifetime can often shorten it and require replacement if maintenance is not performed on the equipment ahead of the drip tubing and the tubing itself. The talk will explore the various aspects of drip dispersal beginning with pretreatment of the effluent followed by pumping, filtration and time dosing of the tubing. Maintenance can be broken down into elements such as pretreatment, filtration, pumping and dosing as well. Each of these elements have unique items to maintain and as well as when the maintenance is performed. Some must be done daily and weekly while others at longer intervals of monthly and annually. Mechanical maintenance includes filters, valves and pumps. Associated, parallel maintenance items can include UV and chemical disinfection equipment, flow meters and controllers. Performance maintenance will include flushing of the drip tubing, chemical treatment to remove precipitants and finally restoration of reduced flow emitters. The discussion will cover aspects of both residential and commercial applications, general differences in equipment and methods or techniques used to maintain each. The discussion will focus on the common and unique aspects of maintenance for the two, wastewater approved drip products used in the industry today.

David Morgan is the Technical Manager for Geoflow, Inc.
He has a B.S. degree in Agriculture Engineering from Mississippi State University
He worked two years for the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, while there he set up the state Weights and Measures laboratory and obtained certification from the U.S. Bureau of Standards

He worked eighteen years for the Mississippi State Department of Health, while there he assisted in writing and implementing rules and regulations for soil and site evaluation, wastewater treatment and disposal systems for the onsite industry. Mr. Morgan also developed training programs for Public Health Environmentalist, designers, installers, and operators of individual onsite wastewater treatment and disposal systems.

He worked for one year for Geoflow, Inc. as the southeastern regional sales manager, while there he worked with regulators, designers and installers of subsurface drip disposal systems.

He worked ten years for Delta Environmental Products, Inc., while there he assisted in the development and refinement of the Whitewater® Pre-Engineered Subsurface Drip Disposal System. Mr. Morgan obtained regulatory approval for the Whitewater® system and trained designers, installers, operators, and regulatory officials on the proper use of the system. While with Delta he served on the peer-review team for the TVA guidance document on subsurface drip disposal systems.

Mr. Morgan returned to Geoflow, Inc. in June of 2008 as the Eastern Regional Manager and currently assists regulators with development of rules and regulations for subsurface drip disposal systems. Currently Mr. Morgan serves as Technical Manager and among other things, provides training and assist professionals involved in the soil and site evaluation, system design, installation, and operation and maintenance of subsurface disposal systems.

James Prochaska, P.E., President, JNM Technologies Jim holds and Bachelor’s and Master of Science (Agricultural/Civil Engineering) from Texas A&M University, 1987. Mr. Prochaska began his extensive career in waste-water treatment and effluent reuse. Since that time, he has been responsible for the design and development of projects ranging from 300 gpd to 8 million gpd. His projects have included domestic, municipal and industrial waste-water generators. Since 1994, Mr. Prochaska has devoted the majority of his time towards the development of on-site wastewater treatment and disposal using subsurface drip irrigation. He has worked as a principal designer and reviewer on several of these projects and has spent even more time training and educating engineers and sanitarians on how to design on-site systems. He has taken this technology to domestic, agricultural and food processing wastewater generators as an environmentally sound means of waste-water treatment and dispersal. Currently he is active throughout the United States in developing the onsite wastewater industry and the use of subsurface drip dispersal methods. Mr. Prochaska provides leadership and guidance in his principal role as President of JNM Technologies, Inc. In this capacity he along with his staff have developed and refined the most modern and effective methods used for wastewater effluent dispersal using subsurface drip irrigation. Under his leadership, the company has developed an extensive line of equipment including patented filtration processes, system controllers, installation methods and design aides. The equipment and applications range from single family homes to large, non-sewered communities.