Product Spotlight: Effluent pump suited for challenging residential applications

Product Spotlight: Effluent pump suited for challenging residential applications

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Today’s residential wastewater stream continues to pose more problems to plumbing systems than ever, as the continued use of so-called “flushable” wipes and other materials such as baby wipes, paper towels and feminine hygiene products have detrimental effects on residential plumbing systems. Although disposable cleaning wipes and personal hygiene products should be tossed in the trash, many consumers instead flush them down the toilet, adding harmful synthetic material and artificial fibers to the wastewater stream. Unlike toilet paper, these wipes don’t break up and often clog sewage treatment equipment and home septic systems when they get stuck in the pump or if debris builds up on the wipes already stuck in the system.

Fortunately Goulds Water Technology, a Xylem brand, is combatting the issue with its GEP Series cast iron effluent pump, ideally suited to residential basement greywater, water transfer and septic applications. Not only can the pump handle wipes, it features a robust cast iron housing that provides maximum heat dissipation and a premium mechanical seal design for superior protection against the common sand and other abrasive materials found in modern wastewater streams.

“With the addition of the GEP Series, customers can now stay within the same family of products to serve all their pump needs, with the confidence that Goulds Water Technology products come with over 170 years of proven performance,” says Bo Gell, Xylem product manager, wastewater. “The GEP effluent pumps complement our current effluent pump offering, and are a great solution when addressing challenging residential wastewater applications.”

The cast iron vortex impeller can handle solids up to 3/4 inch in size. Additionally, the reliable mechanical switch coupled with solid float ensures dependable operation, and the engineered motor is designed for peak hydraulic performance without overloading. The pump comes with a built-in vent hole allowing for easier pump installation and prevents air binding from occurring. The GEP Series is available in automatic or manual models, a 0.5 hp motor with capacities to 72 gpm, and a single-phase pump with a 1.5-inch discharge, along with corrosion-resistant hardware for lifetime use.

According to Gell, the series will be expanded this year to include 3/4 hp as an option. 866-325-4210;


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