Projects and Awards - April 2013

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Badger Meter to install nation’s first water/gas advanced metering analytics system

The City of Garretson, S.D., is upgrading its utility meter reading infrastructure, becoming first in the U.S. to deploy a combined water and natural gas advanced metering analytics (AMA) solution from Badger Meter. The city is replacing its walk-by/drive-by automated meter reading (AMR) system with the ORION SE (Smart Endpoint) solution, which enables meters to transmit readings to a central location throughout the day. With ReadCenter Analytics software, it will provide more timely and efficient readings and information to help the city proactively manage utility operations.

Badger Meter began installing the technology in early 2013. Its aim is to improve efficiency, accuracy and data timeliness, enable early leak detection, and provide more detailed billing information. Once the system is deployed, each endpoint will synchronize communication with a gateway transceiver at one of three locations to process reading data. Collected data will be aggregated at a central server and analyzed with new software, which converts raw metering data into meaningful decision-support information and utility system management reports.

Severn Trent supplies TETRA LP Block filter underdrain system

Severn Trent Services won a contract to supply its TETRA LP Block filter underdrain system for the Kansas City (Mo.) Water Services Department’s 240 mgd primary water treatment plant along the Missouri River. The contract includes two dozen 14- by 50-foot filter cells covering 16,800 square feet. The company is also providing new stainless steel backwash air headers for the filter to allow backwash simultaneously with air and water. The TETRA LP Block is a dual parallel lateral underdrain system made of HDPE-molded plastic blocks that distribute air and water for concurrent or sequential backwashing. Lightweight construction and easy installation facilitate new and retrofit applications.

Maumee selects Mueller Systems for AMI project

The City of Maumee, Ohio, will install an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network from Mueller Systems for its water system. The company will supply the Mi.Net Mueller Infrastructure Network for Utilities, a two-way AMI network that will automate the meter-reading-to-billing process by linking meters, distribution sites and control devices in a single network. The system will help the water department automate the collection of meter readings, help customers understand their bills, and identify leaks. The system provides on-demand meter readings and email alerts and alarms based upon near-real-time information. A Web-based portal lets consumers view current and historic consumption and set budget and conservation goals. The city will replace all its residential and compound water meters with meters from Mueller Systems.

Calgon Carbon gets $12.4 million contract for UV disinfection

Calgon Carbon Corp. won a $12.4 million contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to supply Sentinel UV disinfection systems for the Los Angeles Aqueduct Filtration Plant (LAAFP) and the Los Angeles Reservoir (LAR). The LADWP, which serves 3.9 million residents, is the largest public water provider in California. The filtration plant will receive 14 Sentinel Chevron UV reactors with associated control equipment. This plant will be able to disinfect up to 600 million gpd. The reservoir will receive 15 Sentinel Chevron systems with 650 mgd capacity.

Siemens pump station upgrade to help save Chicago $7.5 million a year

Siemens won a $10 million contract with the Chicago Department of Water Management to support upgrades to the Springfield Avenue Pumping Station, expected to save $7.5 million annually on energy and operations. The station will convert from traditional steam turbines and boilers to drives connected to electric motors as part of the city’s $7 billion, three-year “Build a New Chicago” infrastructure program. Siemens will provide five ROBICON Perfect Harmony Drives along with electrical distribution equipment. The water department estimates the project will reduce carbon emissions by 17,380 tons per year, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 2,888 cars.

Landia to supply BioMover mixers for water plant in Agra, India

Landia has won a contract with India’s Triveni Engineering & Industries water and wastewater treatment company to supply 18 BioMover mixers for moving bed biofilm reactors (MBBR) in an advanced water treatment plant in Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.

At what will be India’s largest MBBR potable water application, the BioMover mixers will ensure full contact between bacteria and nutrients without damaging the biofilm carriers in the MBBR tank. Raw water from the Yamuna River will be purified at the rate of 38 mgd to supply drinking water to 2 million people.

Fort Lauderdale selects Wachs Water Services for valve assessment program

The City of Fort Lauderdale Public Works Department chose Wachs Water Services to perform an integrated asset management program in its water distribution system. The program will help the city manage its water system by locating and assessing the operational condition of water valves. Information collected will be integrated into the city’s GIS database and its computerized maintenance and management system (CMMS). Wachs Water will also provide pipeline condition assessment in selected areas.


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