Friday, 29 July 2011

Package Plant Problems II - TheTanker Driver

The package plant under the playground has developed a new problem, floating sludge on the final tank. I went down last night to tweak the plant to address the problem to find that it has snapped another drive-belt due to excessive back-pressure, in turn due to the tanker company not removing the treated effluent as requested. This is our third drive belt in nine weeks, with consistent cause.

It seems almost to be a defining characteristic of sewage tanker drivers that they think that they know better than professional engineers. This is merely the latest of countless occasions where I have found that unless you actually stand over a tanker driver and watch him, he will do whatever is easiest, or whatever he thinks is best.

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