From hosting a spacecraft launch service to catering for steel and chemical giants, the cities of Decatur and Hartselle in Alabama, are booming. As the industrial and local populations grow, so does the demand on local water services—something that was beginning to show as pressure levels dropped.
ASSESSING THE CHALLENGE
With a population of approximately 60,000, Decatur is a well-established manufacturing hub that is experiencing exceptional business growth due to its proximity to the Tennessee River and state policy encouraging manufacturing development in the town. Industrial giants including space launch company United Launch Alliance, Nucor Steel, chemical development company Daikin America, and chemical pharmaceutical business 3M are reference clients at the city’s industrial park. The local water utility operators needed a clean water-boosting upgrade to increase pressure during peak water usage.
With a growing population of 15,000, the nearby city of Hartselle also recognized the need for increased water pressure based on future population projections. The utility operates five tanks covering two districts in a single-loop water line and aims to always provide a minimum of 30 pounds of water pressure through its 16-inch supply lines. Utility operators decided to build a booster station to keep up with current and future demand.
FINDING THE SOLUTION
Morrow Water Technologies, Xylem’s partner based in Birmingham, Alabama, managed both water-boosting upgrades with Sales Engineer Trey Blizzard leading the project. The Morrow team worked closely with Decatur Utilities and Garver Engineering, the firm responsible for designing plans for the upgrade in Decatur. They also worked closely with Hartselle Utilities and CDG Engineers and Associates for the upgrade in Hartselle.
In Decatur, four Xylem e-XC Double Suction Centrifugal pumps run on efficient drives. These operate as demand requires under conditions including a baseline, minimum target water pressure of 60 pounds, and a full flow rate of 6,000 gallons per minute.
Three Xylem e-XC Double Suction Centrifugal pumps run on efficient drives at the Hartselle project. They operate as demand requires under several conditions, such as a baseline, minimum target water pressure of 60 pounds, and a full flow rate of 1,200 gallons per minute.
Both pump systems can bypass the tanks and serve water demand directly when necessary and operate with generators for backup and custom-designed SCADA systems to maximize efficiency.
Decatur Utilities already operated Goulds Water Technology turbines at their water treatment plant – developing a solution using the same brand facilitated standardization, efficiency, and ease of use. Many different models and material options are available to configure Xylem’s e-XC pumps to a variety of system requirements.
At both locations, each of the pumps is paired with a high-efficiency variable frequency drive (VFD) which optimizes power usage. This helps the facilities meet sustainability targets and prepares the utilities for future carbon-reduction regulations by maximizing pump efficiency.
REAPING THE BENEFITS
The clean water boosting pumps delivered increased pressure to the water systems for all users in both cities. In operation since December 2021, the project successfully boosted pressure for current and future population growth, as well as manufacturing expansion.
“Thanks to the utility operators’ cogent planning, the cities can comfortably cater for projected increases in demand. This is a great example of smart utility managers looking to the future and ensuring that local communities have the enhanced water pressure they need to thrive,” Blizzard says.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Xylem is a global water technology provider helping our customers solve the world’s toughest water challenges across utility, industrial, commercial, and residential markets worldwide. Over the last 100-plus years, Xylem’s unique combination of innovative products and services, proven expertise, and unmatched customer support have been helping to create a more water-secure and resilient world. Across the water cycle, Xylem’s innovative solutions use less energy, reduce operating expenses, and support sustainability efforts. By working together, Xylem ensures water is accessible, affordable, and safe for all. For more information, visit www.xylem.com.
MODERN PUMPING TODAY, August 2023
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