We are NOT traditional sand drying beds.
As Product Manager for Deskins, I have heard it said in the field a plethora of times the following statements- “sand drying beds are archaic”, “sand drying beds aren’t efficient”, “what happens if it rains?”, “I can’t reclaim water”, “sand drying beds are labor intensive” or “sand drying beds take forever to dry”.
……………………. well good news!
We are NOT traditional sand drying beds. I will pick apart each of these statements and tell you how we differentiate.
“Sand drying beds are archaic.”- This is true but we do not work in the same fashion.
· Due to our patented process of utilizing drainage vs. sun/environmental evaporation, we have sludge cracking in some cases in a manner of a little over an hour see pic below.
This is how we dry compare to traditional sand drying bed.
“Sand drying beds aren’t efficient.”-Only partially true because this statement is only anecdotal in nature. Sand drying beds can be effective when relegated to certain geographical area where sunlight is abundant and rain are limited under the close supervision of a good operator. However, even under perfect conditions for a sand drying bed will routinely be outperformed by Deskins. A Deskins Quick-Dry Filter Bed can still produce better sludge and provide water reclamation (98.5% of water for reuse). The benchmark of our success is that we execute with drainage instead of evaporation. Within a little as an hour and a half, sludge on a Deskins Quick-Dry Filter can already be cracking. We work under in the rainiest season in decades when used in Australia. Click here to view the report.
“What happens if it rains?”- This is another way Deskins Quick-Dry Filter Beds differentiate from traditional sand drying beds. Due to our patented sludge preconditioning process with our very own RapidFloc Mixer, sludge and polymer are combined efficiently enabling water to release quickly. When the sludge is formed with the polymer and is applied to a Deskins Quick-Dry Filter a sheen forms covering the sludge. This sheen creates a Rain-ex effect similar to a car windshield when rain hits it. The rain then simply slides over the already cracked-drained sludge and falls between the cracks. As stated above, a paper was presented in Australia and was described in the paper of the year at the conference.
“I can’t reclaim water.”-With our Deskins Quick-Dry Filter Bed process, Clovis WTP saved 12.5 billion gallons of water in 12 years. Click on video below.
“Sand drying beds are labor intensive.” -Yes, they are but the Deskins patented sludge removal process makes removing sludge easy. This process requires a median range of 45 minutes per week for a 40x80 foot bed. Oh yeah, one more thing with our Deskins Quick-Dry patented technology only 2” inches of sand needs to be replaced per year!
“Sand drying beds take forever to dry.”-Once again, not always the case due to certain factors. Did I mention Deskins Quick-Dry Filters are not traditional sand drying beds? See chart below created by the EPA to see how we stack up. Typically, we can get sludge dried in 7-10 days.
With over 100 installs worldwide, Deskins has proven over time to be a great alternative to mechanical or non mechanical dewatering modalities. Some installs are over 20 years old. Also, Deskins Quick-Dry Filters can be a simple retrofit for existing sand drying beds. One more thing…………….We are NOT traditional sand drying beds.