Bypass and Supplementary Pumping Systems Enable Rehabilitation

March 9, 2004

Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina initially purchased a Godwin HL10M Dri-Prime pumpset and trailer for a bypass needed in its wastewater treatment facility during a clear well upgrade. In addition, OWASA used the HL10M pumpset for six weeks to provide supplementary pumping while installing permanent pump upgrades.

“Godwin was responsive and really worked with us to provide quotes, engineering and service – all with very short notice. They were also terrific with followup,” explains Barbara Oslund, OWASA Engineering Manager. “I recommend that municipal engineers talk to Godwin before undertaking similar projects.”

“These pumps have other uses, too,” continues Barbara Oslund. “We’ve put the trailer and original pipe configuration into storage and are now using the HL10M at our raw water pumping facility as a contingency during power outages.”

In a separate application, OWASA used two Godwin 12-inch DPC300 Dri-Prime pumpsets at its wastewater treatment facility. The pumps, designed as critically silenced units, solved the challenge of providing enough capacity to meet peak demands until a major system upgrade could be completed. As permanently installed pumps at the station were taken off line and upgraded, the DPC300 Dri-Prime pumpsets provided supplemental pumping capacity during high flow conditions.

“I was against diesel pumping initially, but I sure see the benefits now,” explains Johnny Johnson, OWASA’s Maintenance Manager. “Godwin’s solutions have really helped us during our system upgrades.”

Walter Gottschalk, Waste Treatment Plant Operator, is also enthusiastic about Godwin. “They delivered the pumps as planned, and on time. Godwin is so dedicated… it’s like life support in the medical field. We’re impressed!”

OWASA was so impressed that they asked Godwin Pumps representatives to advise on a contingency plan to deal with the impact of coastal storms and hurricanes. As a result, Godwin has contingency plans in place with seven of OWASA’s pump stations.

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