What are Some Important Characteristics of Wastewater Flumes?

When you’re choosing a flume, it’s vital that you consider the normal conditions under which your device will operate. For example, in wastewater treatment plants, flumes must possess several important characteristics to function correctly, and if they don’t possess these characteristics, you’ll have a lot of problems taking the accurate readings that you need. Learn about a few of the characteristics you should look for in wastewater flumes if you want to be certain your device will function how it should. 


If you’re looking for a flume to measure wastewater flows, choosing a durable flume that’s resistant to several different types of damage is of the utmost importance. Wastewater flows are highly corrosive, and if you choose a flume made from a material such as galvanized steel, it’s likely that you’ll need to replace your flow management device sooner rather than later.

In most cases, having your flume constructed from fiberglass is the best idea. Unlike other flume materials, fiberglass is resistant to corrosion, rusting, and other forms of damage that are common in wastewater treatment plants. After installing your flume, you shouldn’t have to worry about it suffering damage that will cause it to become nonoperational. 

Range of Flows

The expected range of flows is another thing that you’ll need to consider before purchasing a wastewater flume. In waste management applications, flow rates are rarely consistent, which means you should avoid purchasing a flume that is only capable of handling a steady flow.

Fortunately, there are several flume styles available that are fully capable of handling different flow ranges, whether it’s a trickle or very heavy. A trapezoidal flume, for instance, is both sensitive to low flows and able to accurately measure high flow rates, which is why it’s a common choice in wastewater plants. 

Passing Sediments

Flows in wastewater treatment plants almost always contain some amount of solid debris. When this debris accumulates within a flume, it can easily lead to a blockage that will impact the accuracy of your readings and may eventually prevent flow from exiting the flume completely.

Before you install your flume, you should make sure to choose a style that is designed to pass solid debris. Trapezoidal flumes and other flume styles with flat floors pass solid debris through with ease, which means you shouldn’t have to worry about a blockage, and your ongoing maintenance needs should be greatly reduced. 

Purchase a Wastewater Flume

Wastewater flumes must have a very specific set of characteristics to function correctly. If you want to make sure that you purchase the flume that fits the needs of your system, there is almost no better option than shopping with Tracom, FRP.

When you shop with us, you’ll have your choice of some of the highest quality fiberglass flumes available on the market today, including styles that are perfect for wastewater management. Our products are affordable, reliable, and durable, which is exactly what you want out of your primary flow management device. Contact Tracom today to speak with one of our representatives about a quote or to get started on your flume order.

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