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Video of Aerators being installed at Loveland, Colorado

By: Tom Frankel
Post Date: May 22nd 2018

Post Tags: Case Studies,

We would like to thank Loveland Water and Power, Carollo Engineers and Garney Construction for choosing SSI fine bubble aerators for their Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion project.  The aerators used on this plant are the SSI PODS model.  PODS have become well known in the industry for contractor convenience.  SSI PODS aerators come factory assembled on pipe.

In the recent past, when a municipality or contractor ordered aerators from a producer like SSI, they would receive boxes of parts and pipes in a partial state of completion. The final assembly of the aerators was left to the site personnel.

This included installing membranes and O-rings, and greasing and screwing aerator retaining rings.  With the SSI PODS system, they simply lift the header pipes into place on support stands and tighten the unions together to connect the pipes.   The days of assembling aerator parts are over.

Contractors experienced with different brands and types of aerators have told us at a different site that they have installed 8000 aerators in a tank in four days with this system.   The same contractor said that a system that arrived in a state of partial assembly would have taken much longer.  They estimated they would have needed at least one more day to stage the final aerator assembly beside the tank.

Other contractors have told us that they save between 20-30% of the installation time with the SSI PODS aerator system.   There may be additional time savings during start-up since the attachment of the POD aerator to pipe is done by machine, so there is less variation in torque than with a crew of laborers doing the job.

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Please have a look at this video which was provided to us by the contractor.   From 0:56-1:12 you can see the SSI PODS aerator system being installed in Aeration Basin 2.   Here is a sneak peak:

Loveland  SSI Diffused Aeration System Video

Loveland  SSI Diffused Aeration System Video


The same system with aerator heads factory installed on pipe (SSI PODS) has been successfully installed at other facilities, such as Lakeland-Glendale WWTP, Florida, Chambers Creek WWTP (Tacoma), Washington, Green Bay WWTP, Wisconsin and Southerly WWTP (Cleveland), Ohio.   It costs a little bit more to buy and ship your aerators this way, but most of our customers think it’s worth it.