Ellicott Dredge Technologies (EDT) announced recently the sale of an IMS Model 5012 HP Versi-Dredge to Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID).
The dredge will be used to clean out Jeffrey Reservoir, which is the regulating reservoir for the Jeffrey Hydroplant.
Since the hydro-irrigation project began operations in 1941, sediment has accumulated in the northern part of the lake, primarily between the lake’s inlet and outlet.
The Versi-Dredge will be used for annual maintenance in the reservoir to give boaters year-round access. Previously there was less than three feet of water over a large area, which blocked boaters from getting to the other side of the lake except through a narrow channel.
CNPPID leased a horizontal dredge from another supplier and had an option to buy the dredge by applying all rental payments towards its purchase. However, instead of executing the purchase option, they returned the dredge to the other supplier and opened a new tender for a three-month lease. After three successful months of dredging with an IMS Versi-Dredge, Central Nebraska exercised their option to purchase the IMS unit.
“We are very pleased with CNPPID’s decision to purchase the 5012 HP Versi-Dredge, which is more durable, more productive, and has less downtime than the competition due to our patent pending Pump Defender™ self-cleaning debris guard technology, which reduces downtime in debris rich environments,” said Ryan Horton, EDT Vice President.
The Versi-Dredge is ideal for reservoirs, canals, and marinas. IMS’s patented Starwheel Drive® self-propulsion system and patent pending Pump Defender technologies provide the end user with value added technologies that reduce costs over the long term.