Alongside the rise of extreme weather conditions comes the rise of flooding. Wastewater treatment facilities are particularly susceptible to being damaged or incapacitated by flooding, which can prove to have disastrous results. There’s almost always a loss of power, danger to the personnel and asset damage. Municipalities are unable to provide their citizens with clean drinking water, sometimes for significant periods even after the storm has passed.
In worst-case scenarios, millions of gallons of untreated water and raw sewage can end up in clean bodies of water. This not only disrupts access to clean drinking water, but has the potential to spread disease and devastate the local ecosystem.
The U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) produced a guide to understanding flooding and flood control in Camden County, MO and beyond for wastewater treatment facilities, which identifies four main steps to optimizing your plant. The last two steps involve developing and implementing mitigation measures for when flooding occurs.
At Enviro-Line Co., Inc., we use, recommend and supply KSB submersible Amacan pumps for flood control. They’re specially designed for low-lift pumping stations, and can help make sure your facility is quickly and reliably drained. Amacan pumps are equipped to pump over 100,000 gallons of water per minute, and their slender design makes them fit into discharge tubes. With a design that protects against long fibers and leaks, we find them to be a powerful and cost-effective solution for flood control in Camden County, MO. We’re also available to help you design and install a custom flood control system for your facility.
These submersible pumps are especially useful if you’ve already followed FEMA‘s recommendation to “dry flood-proof” your wastewater facility. This can include taking measures such as constructing barriers around your critically important equipment. They further suggest that water and wastewater systems be placed above anticipated flooding levels, and any pumps that are in flood-prone areas need to be submersible.
By following the government’s guidelines to floodproof your wastewater facility, you’re guaranteeing the health and safety of citizens in Camden County and beyond. Guarding against flooding by reinforcing your structure, building water barriers and making sure all critical operating systems are above flooding levels will do a lot to prevent downtime during a flood. Pairing your flood precautions with KSB Amacan submersible pumps is the next logical step you can take to ensure that you’ll be able to safely and efficiently drain the water. The less time your facility is out of commission, the better!
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Since 1971, Enviro-Line Co., Inc. has been Camden County’s representatives for manufacturers of water and wastewater pumping and treatment equipment. We’re proud to offer decades of experience and superior customer service to commercial facilities, businesses and single-family homes. Call us today for installations, replacements, repairs and maintenance questions or to find out how we can help you design flood control solutions for your facility. We look forward to telling you more about what we can do for you!
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