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No Compromise on Reliability

The Robert O. Pickard Environmental Centre (ROPEC) is the wastewater treatment plant for the City of Ottawa, ON, handling more than 111 mgd of raw sewage. ROPEC provides secondary level treatment (physical and biological) of domestic, commercial and industrial wastewater, before the treated effluent is returned to the Ottawa River.

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Pineville, N.C., Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades Pumps

Xylem has won a contract worth $1.5 million to provide new pumps at a wastewater treatment plant in Pineville, N.C.

Xylem’s Flygt NP-3400 submersible pumps will be used to replace aging pumps at the McAlpine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant’s crucial central influent pump station. The retrofit of 10 new pumps will provide the plant with a longer operating life and help reduce overall maintenance costs at the facility.

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Clogs Draw a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card

Although they were by no means overwhelming, clogging problems in a county prison wastewater treatment system had become a nuisance, and it was time to take action with new technology to solve the problem.

Chester County Prison is located approximately ten miles south of West Chester, Pa., the county seat of Chester County. The current prison was opened in 1959 and operated under the original construction until 1983, when parts of the prison underwent renovations and expansion.

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Flygt Concertor Wins Three International Awards

Xylem Inc. announced that its new wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence, Flygt Concertor, has been awarded three international innovation awards. The system, which was launched in May 2016, was awarded the Most Innovative and Ground Breaking Product award at the VandTek Fair in Denmark, the Best Product award at the Accadueo International Exhibition in Italy, and the Best Product award at the iWater International Integrated Water Cycle Show in Spain.

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Technology Eliminates Chronic Clogging

The Suffolk County Department of Public Works Stony Brook Pump Station was facing ongoing interruptions to pumping operations as a result of “ragging”—a common challenge in wastewater pumping where a buildup of fibrous materials leads to frequent pump blockages.

Xylem proposed a new technology—Flygt Concertor, a wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence—as a solution to this challenge, delivering positive results: ragging was significantly reduced and clogging was eliminated.

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Responding to Lift Station Woes

The Fond du Lac (Wisc.) Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility treats the City of Fond du Lac’s wastewater, along with that of 18 neighboring entities; the water is then discharged to nearby Lake Winnebago. The city’s population is 45,000, but with neighboring communities included, the plant handles flow from about 75,000. The average hydraulic flow capacity is 9.84 mgd, with a peak flow of 50 mgd. On average, the facility, which is located at the south end of Lake Winnebago, treats about 7.5 mgd of wastewater.

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Xylem Offers Flygt 3000 Series Pumps as a Rental Option

Xylem announced it is now offering the Flygt 3000 Series electric submersible pumps as a rental option. This offering is convenient for temporary bypass pumping projects at treatment plants and lift stations.

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Big Savings Near the Big Easy

St. Tammany Parish, La., which has a population of approximately 250,000, sits north of New Orleans on the opposite side of Lake Ponchartrain. Utilities Inc. of Louisiana (UIL) operates 192 sewage lift stations and 30 wastewater treatment plants in St. Tammany Parish. In 2011, Gulf States Engineering Co. Inc. – a Xylem distributor from Covington, La. – began a working relationship with UIL to replace lift station equipment that was dealing with an increasingly problematic wastewater stream.

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Xylem Unveils New System at WEFTEC 2016

Xylem developed the world’s first wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence—Flygt Concertor. This new, smart, interconnected wastewater pumping system from Xylem’s Flygt brand senses the operating conditions of its environment, adapts its performance in real time, and provides feedback to pumping station operators. The system was unveiled to the U.S. market for the first time at WEFTEC 2016.

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Rags to Riches

James Island, S.C., is nestled amongst the waters of the Charleston Harbor and the meandering Stono and Folly rivers. Once covered in farmland, James Island is now primarily a residential community that has protected the small-town, rural feel its residents and visitors know and enjoy. In this bucolic location, the James Island Public Service District (JIPSD) provides town services for fire protection, wastewater collection, solid waste collection and street name signs to its 24,000 residents.

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Cutting Vibes & Reducing Maintenance

Ada Township – a community with a population of approximately 13,000 – is located several miles east of Grand Rapids in Kent County, Mich. The township owns and operates its own sanitary sewer collection system and is responsible for all maintenance and replacement. The majority of the collection system flows by gravity to a pump station, where it is sent to the City of Grand Rapids. Total flow is approximately 1 mgd.

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Integrating Intelligence

The Suffolk County (N.Y.) Department of Public Works Stony Brook Pump Station was facing ongoing interruptions to pumping operations as a result of ragging – a common challenge in wastewater pumping where a buildup of fibrous materials leads to frequent pump blockages.

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Too Much of a Good Thing

The Des Moines (Iowa) Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority (WRA) protects public health and enhances the environment by recycling wastewater and hauling liquid wastes. The WRA includes a conveyance system, which connects each of the authority’s members to a wastewater treatment plant. During the large storm events in the past, combined sewer overflow would be discharged to the Des Moines River untreated.

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Crystal Clear in Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake, Ill., is a city in McHenry County. Named after Crystal Lake – a lake located 1.6 miles west-southwest of downtown – the city is about 45 miles northwest of Chicago, and it has a population of approximately 40,000. The southeast portion of the Crystal Lake shore was first made available to the public for general recreational use in 1856.

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Pump Station Retrofit Ends Storm Water Woes

For many years, different types of flooding tormented residents of Lyndhurst, N.J., in several parts of town. Residents were increasingly becoming concerned about their personal safety as well as property values.

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Failing, old long-shaft pumps at the Lyndhurst Sewer Department’s storm water station were out on maintenance issues more than in operation. Existing pumping equipment was noisy, prone to blockage by debris and suffering from lube system problems. Removing the equipment for service was not only a challenge, but also expensive.

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Growing School, Vanishing Clogs

Operators of a wastewater pumping station at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman were facing serious clogging issues. They had to frequently lift the station’s pump and manually remove waste solids and grease buildup. Furthermore, as the station couldn’t handle the flow during peak hours, it was not unusual to have over flows that would reach the adjacent roads.

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Betting on Efficient Pumping

The 200-acre Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, N.J., opened on July 30, 1870, just three miles away from the seashore town of Long Branch. The racetrack is surrounded by a series of barns and other support facilities that house in excess of 500 horses during track operations. At one time, the storm water from the barns in the racetrack backstretch area drained directly into Branchport Creek, impacting the water quality of the receiving waters downstream from the facility.

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Passing the Test

Operators of a municipal wastewater pumping station in the rural town of Lomma on Sweden’s southwestern coast agreed to install and trial a new wastewater pumping system in an effort to solve clogging issues. In addition to delivering clog-free pumping, Xylem’s Flygt Concertor, a pumping system with integrated intelligence, significantly reduced energy consumption at the wastewater pumping station.

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Safe Passage

Wenatchee, Wash., is stereotypically small-town America, with white picket fences and lush apple orchards. Many visitors to the picturesque agricultural community in central Washington also pay a visit to the town’s biggest tourist attraction – Rocky Reach Dam, with its colorful flowerbeds, visitor’s center and historical and technical museum. The dam, operated by the Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD), is one of nine hydroelectric dams along the 1,200 miles of the Columbia River in Washington.

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Curing Chronic Clogging

London’s Heathrow Airport is one of Europe’s busiest airports, hosting more than 200,000 passengers with an average of 1,200 flights arriving at and departing from the airport daily. Heathrow Airport Water Services Department has an extensive network of 120 pumping stations to manage and has been a Xylem customer for 25 years.