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Understanding Sewer Pump Stations
Expanded Title:Pumps are essential components in most sewer systems and are often considered by operators and managers to be the most problematic. The project sets out to address a number of pertinent issues with regards to pumps, pump stations, and related elements. This project is motivated by the general lack of published research into sewer pump stations and related problems, combined with the need for such knowledge during the planning, modelling, optimisation, design, operations and maintenance phases of these infrastructure elements. One of the key issues addressed by this research and the subsequent software tool revolves around improved communication between different levels of technical staff involved with sewer pumps, and basic training of operator-level staff. In a former study by De Swardt and Barta (2008) a first order national audit of sewerage reticulation issues was presented. Two issues identified in the study were : • Guidelines for the operations and maintenance of sewer pumps stations: There is often a divide between theoretical designs of pump stations by engineers and the practical operation and maintenance of these pump stations by local authorities. • Revision of established standards for gravity sewers, sewer rising mains, pump stations and specific sewer structures: The latter was covered to a certain extent by a recent WRC project culminating in a design guideline for waterborne sanitation systems SEWAID (Van Dijk et al., 2010). Findings from that study pointed to critical research needs with regards to sewer pump stations, rising mains siphons and methods for removing insoluble matter. Thus, this project aimed to conduct field research in South Africa, consolidate and organise the information and create a practical tool giving tips on pump station design and operation, as well as facilitating the flow of information between different levels of management. The SEWPUMP Tool developed follows the following broad specification: - Identification: Help to understand and identify problems at sewer pump stations - Communication: Facilitate communication between pump station operators and management - Training: Should transform to a training tool that could be used by individuals for self-study and by managers to facilitate training. Therefore, the SewPump tool should be seen as a transformer, with three facets or functioning modes for (i) training (ii) operators and (iii) managers.
Date Published:01/04/2015
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Wastewater Management - Sewers, R & D - Water and Energy
Document Keywords:Operation and Maintenance, Water Quality
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 627/15
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0655-1
Authors:Jacobs HE; Griffioen ML; Loubser C; Tulleken J
Project No:K5/2007/3
Organizations:Stellenbosch University
Document Size:21 817 KB
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