Many sedimentation systems accumulate sludge. This creates challenges for plant operators. By allowing sludge to build up, settling time is reduced, resulting in poor water quality going to the filters and impacting filter performance. With sludge buildup, anaerobic bacteria can grow, causing gas production and taste and odor problems. Periodic shutdown is needed for cleaning, which can lead to increased labor cost and handling of large volumes of sludge at one time. Sludge collecting systems can help manage these issues more efficiently.