Massachusetts Town Selects Alarm Network to Safeguard Wastewater System

Situated in the hills of western Massachusetts, Amherst is a city of about 37,000 people. Population growth in the area has been steady over the years, just about doubling since 1960. With the continuous expansion of the three college campuses—University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Hampshire College and Amherst College—the infrastructure has grown as well. Jim Laford, division supervisor of Amherst’s wastewater division, has witnessed that growth firsthand. His team is responsible for the integrity and reliability of the entire wastewater system.

Call for Backup

On Jan. 15, 2006, a power failure at a pump station in Manhattan Beach, Calif., resulted in massive flooding. Although a SCADA system was in place to monitor and manage the wastewater collection system, an extraordinary combination of equipment and communication failures resulted in the largest wastewater spill in the county in a decade.

Streamlining for Success

A South Carolina sewer group builds its future around footprint-reducing pump technologyFounded in 1925, the Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority (WCRSA) is a special-purpose district of South Carolina and located in the northwestern part of the state. The organization serves more than 400,000 customers in Greenville County and parts of Anderson, Spartanburg and Laurens counties, covering a total of 296 sq miles.

Keep the Pumps Pumping

A wireless, Web-based alarm system expands pump capabilities and reduces operating costs in Midlothian, TexasLocated approximately 30 miles from both Dallas and Fort Worth, Midlothian, Texas, has become one of the state’s fastest-growing cities, developing at a rate of more than 15% per year. People are choosing to relocate there to escape big-city living but remain close to the action. Midlothian strives to stay on the cutting edge of technology in order to support its expansion while keeping costs down.

An Alarming Situation

The PTMA realized that they needed to put the appropriate tools into place to assess the filter plant and prevent problems or possible violations before they occur, as well as help bring the facility up to date.The Pike Township Municipal Authority (PTMA) recently installed
a Raco Catalyst to monitor various conditions and levels at their Curwensville, Pa., water treatment and
distribution facility.

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