Pump Station Renovation Focuses on Old Pump System Shortcomings

Pump Station Renovation Focuses on Old Pump System Shortcomings

When storms come through, dumping huge amounts of precipitation into the local lakes, rivers, and streams, flooding can quickly become a major problem.  We have seen, numerous times, throughout the country, the devastating- and potentially fatal effects of flash flooding.

In order to prevent situations like these, especially in high risk areas, storm water stations are established.  These are outfitted with high tech pumping systems, which recognize the levels of rising water and begin pumping it elsewhere to prevent a potentially dangerous rise in overall water levels.

It is also possible for sensors and alerts to be in place, so emergency messages can be sent directly to facility operators if there is a problem with pump operation or if the water levels are rising too quickly for the pumps to keep up.

One municipality is in the process of updating and renovating their storm water station, trying to contend with some of the concerns that existed with the old system.  One of the biggest issues was the pumps inability to content with foreign material.  Sticks and debris would work their way into the station and could get lodged in the pump, stopping all progress.

The local pump house is undergoing control changes that will allow the technicians to operate the pumps remotely via a computer based program. This type of control is usually automated and requires level indicators to be compatible with the computer software.

The SRP controls control system group supplies level indicators that are designed to be installed in storm water systems, and be integrated into computer based software. This level of control will enable technicians to virtually monitor the stations, and perhaps allow operators to be more proactive.  If there is foreign debris causing an issue in the station, it can be dealt with before it is allowed to halt pump station performance.