Metropolitan Industries Provides Solutions to Upgrade Lake in the Hills Sanitary District's Aging Infrastructure

Aug. 10, 2021

Metropolitan Industries has worked on several projects with Lake in the Hills Sanitary District over the years. Like many municipalities, Lake in the Hills Sanitary District (LITHSD) needed upgrades to its aging infrastructure. Municipalities continue to look to be able to upgrade to improved technologies in addition to just replacing their aging system components, due to years of wear and tear.

Initial conversations with LITHSD centered on replacing one part of their collections system. At that time, Metropolitan Industries recommended upgrading to Cloud SCADA. With the awareness that SCADA upgrades can seem like a big undertaking to municipalities who may feel skeptical and reluctant, we invited LITHSD to attend one of our Cloud SCADA seminars, hosted onsite at Metropolitan's headquarters. At our seminars, end-users can see live demos and learn all about the benefits of MetroCloud, Metropolitan's dedicated cloud SCADA solution for water and wastewater monitoring control and archiving.

MetroCloud SCADA takes pump control technology to a higher level by providing end-users with state-of-the-art and intuitive pump control systems from anywhere, with enhanced control efficiency, security, and reliability. MetroCloud requires minimal investment, with no need to pay for computer equipment and software licensing. Metropolitan maintains and backs up the server, eliminating worry for end-users. MetroCloud is secure by design; security is at the forefront of our service. It has three layers of login with multi-factor authentication to provide an additional fourth layer of security. End-users are kept up-to-date on system functionality with multiple notification options.

After seeing the benefits of Cloud SCADA, LITHSD was ready to begin upgrading its systems to MetroCloud. Metropolitan's team of engineers, sales, and designers worked with LITHSD to put together budgets, quotes, and engineer the system in a short amount of time. Over the course of a little more than a year, Metropolitan upgraded six lift stations for LITHSD, including the implementation of the Cloud SCADA at their WWTP. This included a variety of rehabbing controls and completely replacing others. The controls that were replaced were upgraded to our standard LMS II controller for consistency. The LMS II level management system is a pre-programmed level controller with a color touch screen operator interface. The system allows users to seamlessly alter pump options, transducers options, and more, providing access to basic SCADA features at a cost-effective price. Each unit comes with integrated help screens, making the operation simple and intuitive. The system is a menu-configurable, constant speed, pump-down level controller, allowing for the control of one to three pumps, with optional pre-programmed configurations for single/ dual level transducer, 0-20 mA flow meter input, and a completely redundant float backup controller.

Additionally, while upgrading these lift stations, LITHSD needed a new non-potable booster system, which Metropolitan custom engineered to their needs. Because Metropolitan has an in-house team of engineers and designers, we can build custom systems unique to the end user's needs.

Upgrading to MetroCloud meant that LITHSD could do away with the outdated and expensive dedicated phone line that their existing system was on. By saving on their SCADA system, LITHSD was able to upgrade other systems in their municipality. Additionally, the ease of use of MetroCloud allowed operators to monitor and maintain their system more efficiently. Metropolitan looks forward to continuing to work with Lake in the Hills Sanitary District.

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