Jalodbust Sludge Remover
The Jalodbust sludge remover is a portable, battery-powered, sanitary sludge handling device designed to work as a sewage pump, agitator and declogger.
The Jalodbust sludge remover is a portable, battery-powered, sanitary sludge handling device with an agitator. It is designed to dislodge, liquefy and remove faecal sludge from leach pits, septic tanks and manholes with the intent to replace human handling of wastes. A differentiator is its ability to remove settled and hardened sanitary sludge.
Jalodbust is presently manufacturing the product which is planned to be mass-produced in 2020.
Other emptying products include the Gulper, the Vacutug, the Diaphragm Hand Pump, vacuum trucks, and the Dung Beetle.
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Latine emptiers, specifically manual scavengers
The product is presently under product manufacturing design in India, and is planned to be mass-produced in 2020.
Users can obtain the product from Jalodbust.
The manufacturer is aiming to launch the product in the market on 1st July 2020.Correspondence with designer
Currently, Jalodbust sludge remover has been used in a number of field trials in Weavers Colony, Thannisandra, and Yashwantpur, Bengaluru.
Liters of fecal sludge that can be hand or mechanically pumped from the pit per hour
Type of accessories needed
If transported, how the fecal sludge is moved
Speed in km/hr of the fecal sludge transportation
Volume of fecal sludge storage in liters of the transportation mechanism
The Jalodbust sludge remover uses a battery-powered agitator and sewage pump to extract sludge from septic tanks into a collection container.
This product (Jalodbust-Pride) is a portable model designed for emptying only. The operator will need to facilitate the transportation and emptying of collection containers after extraction.
The product specifications are as follows:
- 500-800 L/hr
- 2,500 L handling per battery charge
- 50 m horizontal distance/ 10 m vertical lift
- 30 kgs weight of machine
- 24 volt 40 Ah Battery
- 200-500 W motor
The manufacturer is regularly in touch with target user groups to obtain feedback prior to launching product to market. Correspondence with designer
Spare parts are provided through the manufacturer’s marketing and service channels. Correspondence with designer
The manufacturer indicated they need to perform further tests on the product durability and lifecycle. Correspondence with designer
General performance targets include its usability in confined and narrow spaces, portability, affordability, and ability to remove settled and hardened sanitary sludge with minimal human contact.
Lab testing and field trials have been undertaken for the Jalodbust sludge remover. Jalodbust conducted field trials in Bengaluru, India on sewer manholes and leach pits in the presence of sanitation workers. The field trials demonstrated the product’s ability to:
- Breakdown, liquify, and pump out semi-liquid sludge
- Remove sludge from narrow and difficult locations inaccessible to standard vacuum trucks
The product has undergone market validation including field trials conducted with target users and exposure to government bodies. The product was also featured in documents published by the Government of India.
Product challenges include its susceptibility to corrosion and abrasion due to sludge, and weight of product affecting level of portability. Furthermore, sanitation workers are to be educated and trained about the product through participation and capacity building.
No third-party organisations, only testing performed by designer. Correspondence with designer
The operator should not come into contact with the faecal sludge and must dispose of it according to regulations. Personal protective equipment should include at least a protective suit, face mask, waterproof boots, gloves, and safety goggles for the operator.
Containers for sludge collection and its transportation between sites is separately procured by the user.
The manufacturer stated that the following tests need to be performed on production samples for safety and/or regulations: water splash test, electronic control unit testing, operation of loT function and dashboard interface, chocking and dry run performance parameters, product durability and lifecycle. Correspondence with designer
The product was self-evaluated by the organisation using product testing and user feedback. This includes portability, corrosivity, and abrasion resistance of materials used to construct the device.
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