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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located on the Belgium/Netherlands border, the Lanaye Locks link the Albert and Juliana Canals, the latter of which is a side canal of the River Meuse. The three locks are a vital route between Northern and Southern Europe and have operated alongside each other since 1964, but as two of these are too narrow to accommodate even smaller convoy, the larger lock had over time become a serious bottleneck for canal traffic. For most of each year, high water levels in Northern Europe require that water in the canal network be directed towards the Netherlands, where it flows into the sea.
Xylem, a global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most complex water issues, launched the world’s first wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence at the IFAT 2016 trade show (May 30 to June 3, 2016). Flygt Concertor, a smart, sustainable, interconnected solution, advances the sustainability of the wastewater sector by offering flexibility and reduced overall cost of ownership while consuming less energy and ensuring consistent, clog-free wastewater pumping.
Xylem has announced that Flygt SmartRun’s cleaning function has won the 2016 RIONED Innovation Award. The RIONED Foundation is the national center of expertise in sewer management and urban drainage in the Netherlands and the Innovation Award recognizes cutting-edge advancements in the field of urban water resilience and management.
With more than 60 years of experience, Flygt can ensure a high degree of predictability when handling unpredictable media—experience that is available to customers through exclusive system engineering software such as SECAD, which automates facility design and pump sizing.
Xylem Inc. has announced that it is expanding its pump rental and service portfolio across Europe and South Africa through a multi-million-euro investment. This expansion initiative will enable Xylem to better meet the market demand from construction, industry, municipal and mining customers across both regions. In addition, the investment supports Xylem’s global strategy to help build resilient communities that are more prepared to respond to extreme weather events.
The James Island (S.C.) Public Service District (JIPSD) provides services for fire protection, wastewater collection and solid waste disposal. In 2011, JIPSD commissioned the construction of a wastewater pump station equipped with a pair of submersible pumps powered by variable-frequency drives on a programmable logic controller (PLC).
As the stone quarries in the Château Richer region of Quebec began to exhaust their supply of stone at the beginning of the 20th century, new sources of limestone began to be mined in the nearby municipality of Charlesbourg West. In September 1936, Union Quarry Limited, a specialist in the production of crushed stone, was founded. The company has stayed in the hands of a single family since 1944 and has become one of the primary producers of crushed stone in the Quebec region, due to the quality and diversity of its finished product.
Xylem Inc. announced that it has signed on to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, joining more than 140 companies from across the U.S. economy that are standing with the Obama administration to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to climate action and to voice support for a strong outcome to the COP21 Paris climate negotiations.
The City of Houston required a new wastewater lift station in Sims Bayou, as the existing station had exceeded its useful life. Due to large variations in total daily head—a static head of 46 ft but reaching as high as 138 ft—pump selection was an issue. The concern centered on net positive suction head required when one pump was running by itself, especially since the consulting engineer, Klotz Associates, had ruled out the use of variable frequency drives (VFD). Also, the City of Houston preferred to build a “station in the round” because construction would cost less.
The Ada Township, Mich., utilities department was experiencing frequent unscheduled maintenance visits and corresponding unbudgeted repair bills for the pumps at the township’s main pump station.
The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) manages regional wastewater service for the Madison, Wis., area, providing wastewater collection and treatment for 43 municipal customers, including cities, villages and utility and sanitary districts. With a total service area of about 180 sq miles, MMSD serves a population of approximately 330,000 and handles an average daily wastewater volume of 42 mgd.
Ross Street Station, the main lift station located in the town of Swan River, MB, was constructed in 1975, and by 2012 parts for its original pumps could no longer be easily and readily obtained. Pump components that failed had to be manufactured, which was costly and made for long lead times. During the 2012 Manitoba Summer Games, Swan River received a monumental rainstorm that dumped over 76 mm (approximately 3 in.) of water on the area. The town soon discovered that a motor on the dry side of Ross Street Station had shorted out due to excessive moisture.
New utility projects in the City of Marietta, Ohio, must align with the municipality’s forward-thinking sustainability program—an initiative with the goals of conserving energy, improving water quality and reducing the carbon footprint, labor costs and operating expenses of city facilities.