Esmil rake bar screen augustow poland

Project brief

PROJECT – Modernization of the mechanical wastewater treatment facility

CLIENT – Wodociągi i Kanalizacje Miejskie Spółka z o. o. w Augustowie

OBJECT – Augustów WWTP LOCATION Augustów, Poland

COMMISSIONING – January 2017.

The Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant is situated in the southern part of Augustów. Its capacity is 10,000 m3/d.

In 2016 ESMIL Company was chosen to implement an investment project for the modernization of the main sewage pumping station which is located at the Augustów Waste Water Treatment Plant. Within the project, the following equipment for mechanical wastewater treatment facility was produced, installed and commissioned:

  1. Rake bar screen RKE;
  2. Screw compacting press SCP;
  3. Slide gates of ZSg type;
  4. Facility control system.

The aim of the pumping station modernization was to increase the efficiency of mechanical impurities removal and waste thickening with full automation of the process.

Initial state:

In accordance with the initial project, wastewater was fed via two collectors into the pumping station, where it was mechanically treated on the screens with 25 mm mesh.

Screen cloth cleaning was carried out manually by the personnel as it became clogged. The removed waste was fed into the container for its further lifting by means of lifting device to a zero mark (ground surface) into a receiving tank.

The main problems which were occurring during operation of the old equipment were the following:

  • The need of constant monitoring of the screen cloth to prevent pump station flooding and emergencies;
  • High cost of the screen cloth cleaning and further waste transportation into a receiving tank;
  • Pumping equipment and further stages emergencies occurring due to the insufficient removal of mechanical impurities.

Project implementation:

One of the key complications during the project implementation was the installation of equipment in the existing pumping station among which were:

The building was not designed for the installation of equipment with a length of more than 2,5 m, thus there was a requirement to produce a rake screen with 6 m length from separate parts with lengths of 2 m max. Every part was mounted on a supporting structure and were then brought together inside the pumping station for further parts assembling inside the building.


The modernization project allowed to achieve the following results:

  1. After the new rake screens installation with 5 mm mesh, the amount of removed waste was increased by 2 times.
  2. Due to the partial waste dewatering with screw compacting press SCP, its overall mass has decreased more than 3 times.
  3. The necessary time for equipment maintenance has been reduced by more than 95 % due to its replacement on the new one which operates in a fully automatic mode.

It should be also noted the additional advantages achieved by the mechanical wastewater treatment equipment replacement:

  • Considerable decrease of emergencies and scheduled repairs on the next stages of wastewater treatment technological process.
  • Full elimination of the need for manual labour which was necessary for waste removal earlier. It has significantly improved not only the sanitary condition at the pumping station, but also the labour conditions of the personnel.

The quantity and mass data of the waste removal from the screens in the period from 2015 to 2017 is given below in figures. The pumping station modernization was carried out in the fourth quarter of 2016 and in January 2017 the new mechanical treatment facility was launched; the data from that year indicates significant treatment parameters improvement.

Reliable screen and screw press design provide the treatment facility with a possibility of round-the-clock and trouble-free operation of equipment in automatic mode. Daily maintenance and inspection requires no more than 15 min.

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The amount and mass of waste removed from the screen in the period from 2015 to 2017

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Time for equipment maintenance in minutes per day


The mechanical treatment facility modernization at the sewage pumping station allowed the organisation of efficient wastewater treatment from large and average impurities. Removed wastes are rinsed for organic part reduction and are thickened on the screw press for its volume and weight reduction. Installed mechanical treatment facilities operate in fully automatic mode and do not require constant personnel presence. The mechanical treatment process improvement allowed to solve all of the set challenges and assured stable and uninterrupted wastewater treatment process operation.