A new pump station is now operating after several months of work, and an initial investment of more than $2 million. Yet, the time and money were well spent, according to analysts and officials, who agree that this will ultimately mean a lot of future savings for the two districts, which will share the efforts of the new station.
Its location was intentionally selected, as it is positioned directly between the two districts, where it can help to ensure that both enjoy improved efficiency and lower associated costs. In fact, according to the financial reports, this effort could result in a savings of nearly half a million dollars per year, split between the two districts. That is a rather substantial amount of savings, and an amount that will ensure that the new station is quickly paid off.
The pumping station made sense for both districts, neither of which may have been able to afford such expenses alone. The single pumping station can provide enough water to meet the demands of both. There is, of course, a bit of risk that comes with the figurative placement of all eggs in one basket. Should the pumping station fail, there will be problems on both fronts, but this potential issue was not addressed in any of the articles that we could find about the new station. There was no mention of system redundancy and the level of controls available to the operators of the pumping plants.
Fortunately, at SRP controls systems, we provide a myriad of level controllers that can be installed directly in the pumping media, along with easy plug and play pressure transmitters that allow technicians to monitor system pressures from various points in the piping. It will be more important than ever to utilize such controls and sensors, because there are so many residents relying on the pumping station.