The project could cost the city more than seventeen million dollars, but many of those in charge of making the decision are in favor of an overhaul of a municipal pump station. A new pump facility will be built directly across the street from the current one. It was considered the better option, as opposed to repairing the existing pump station, because this will allow all of the work to be done without shutting down the water supply for any extended period of time.
The new station will supply fifty-four million gallons of water, per day, to the residents of the city. The current station was built more than sixty years ago, and is really in need of major improvements, if it is to continue serving the citizens. Repairing it would be expensive, would call for new electrical components, new motor controls, and new generators. So, it is considered worthwhile to start over.
This new station will be outfitted with the latest technologies, making it more efficient and reliable. Most likely pressure transducers and temperature sensors, like the NoShok 100 and the Ultra Electronics RTD, will be installed to help control the pumps, while monitoring water temperatures and pressures. That means less risk of damage due to freeze-ups or dry pumping. The pump station crew will be able to detect issues before they become big problems, so the people of the city can continue enjoying water on demand.
Furthermore, with the data supplied by the sensors, the motor controllers can speed up or speed down the pumps based on the demand of the system. That means that energy efficiency is maximized. It also serves to increase the life of the equipment because it helps to reduce the wear and tear on system parts. The city is probably making a wise decision to invest in the new station and the newer technologies. Very likely, it will ultimately save far more money that it cost upfront.