Updated on January 16, 2024


Created on September 9, 2020

Jalodbust Sludge Remover

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The Jalodbust sludge remover is a portable, battery-powered, sanitary sludge handling device designed to work as a sewage pump, agitator and declogger.

Developed By
  1. Jalodbust
Tested By
  • Jalodbust
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Product Description

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.

Target SDGs

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Jalodbust is presently manufacturing the product which is planned to be mass-produced in 2020.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include The Vacutug and The Gulper.

Manufacturing/Building Method

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

Accessories needed

Containers for sludge collection, PPE for operators

Transport mechanism


Transport speed (km/hr)


Storage volume of transportation (L)


Design Specifications

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

Product Schematics

Technical Support

The manufacturer is regularly in touch with target user groups to obtain feedback prior to launching product to market. Correspondence with designer

Replacement Components

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 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.


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

Evaluation methods

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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