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Praise the Landia chopper pump at Twin Cities Rescue Mission

Posted: Wednesday 6th April 2016

A Landia Chopper Pump has proved a Godsend at the Twin Cities Rescue Mission in Marysville, California.

Plagued by a sewage pump that constantly plugged up and broke down, the Mission, established in 1956 to provide food, shelter, and salvation to those in need, finally had to bring in porta potties when the pump burned out completely.

Relying on financial or food donations only, with no government funding to support its work, the Mission called upon MuniQuip of Roseville, California for help - a specialist in fluid handling and dewatering solutions for municipal and industrial processes.

To address the very unreliable sewage lift station, MuniQuip sought the most reliable, cost-effective and long-term solution. A Landia chopper pump was considered the best option to allow Twin Cities Rescue Mission to concentrate on assisting its community's current needs (as well as helping residents move forward in life), rather than spend valuable time on wastewater matters.

Roger Vaca, Executive Director of Twin Cities Rescue Mission, said: "After so many problems with the old pump, I was pretty much doing a jig to celebrate us at long last having a decent piece of equipment. MuniQuip and Landia have been great."

He added: "When my wife Linda and I began here 25 years ago, the Mission served around 15-20 people. Now, we look after well over 100 guests per day, with around 50 residents staying with us every night. The old pump couldn't cope with the increase, but it wasn't the best anyway.

"Our old pump continually struggled and then began to pack up completely in the spring. We tried hard to resolve everything before the rise in temperatures, but had no choice in the end but to bring in four porta potties, which had to be emptied twice per week. With temperatures here in excess of 100 degrees, let's just say that it was a very long, hot and odoress summer!

"Now, since its installation, the Landia Chopper Pump, which has to pump the sludge 1100 feet to the city sewer line, has been running fabulously. Also, because we only had single-phase 230V power available, Landia supplied us with a custom-built control panel, including a Danfoss Variable Frequency Drive for phase-conversion, in order to run the 3-phase explosion-proof motor on the chopper pump."

Soren Rasmussen, Director at Landia Inc, said: "We are very pleased to have been able to help Twin Cities Rescue Mission get back on track with a reliable, long-term pump solution. The Mission does tremendous work for the community and deserves every bit of support it gets."

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