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.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Jalodbust is presently manufacturing the product which is planned to be mass-produced in 2020.
The product is presently under product manufacturing design in India, and is planned to be mass-produced in 2020.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Users can obtain the product from Jalodbust.
Distributions to Date Status
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.
Emptying speed (L/min)
9 – 14 L/min
Containers for sludge collection, PPE for operators
Transport speed (km/hr)
Storage volume of transportation (L)
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
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
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.
Vetted Performance Status
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 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.
Complementary Technical Systems
Containers for sludge collection and its transportation between sites is separately procured by the user.
Academic Research and References
Compliance with regulations
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
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