The Metropolis of Valdosta Utilities Section a short while ago completed the installation of a 1.5-megawatt generator to provide the Gornto Elevate Station with a backup electric power supply. The office been given acceptance to purchase the new generator from Town Council on February 25, 2021. Central Upkeep Superintendent Tom Hess stresses the value of this huge generator and how it will assist the town, particularly in the scenario of serious climate.
The Utilities Department’s Central Servicing Division operates and maintains 34 wastewater elevate stations all through the city’s service space, the premier staying the Gornto carry station. These stations acquire and pump wastewater via the assortment program to the Mud Creek and Withlacoochee Wastewater Remedy Plants for treatment and disposal.
Each individual pump at the Gornto carry station necessitates these a massive quantity of reserve electric power to startup. Hess uses a normal dimension dwelling to exhibit just how a great deal energy is needed. “A typical home has a 200-amp company panel, but you typically do not use even 100 amps in your house. Every single of these pumps can draw up to 1,500 amps on get started and average about 1,200 amps,” he mentioned.
The elevate stations receive their main source of power by electrical utility feeds. The Gornto station, in certain, has two individual electrical feeds it uses for continuity. If one feed goes down, the 2nd feed picks up the load. However, when a part of the next feed is influenced, pumps will not function. In our area, pretty much all the electric power transmission lines are earlier mentioned floor. So, when winds attain 45 MPH and over, these lines can conveniently be knocked down by slipping tree limbs or other objects. Hess mentions that over-floor electric power is usually a weak point in any utility office power system.
“We discovered that main storms with potent winds and a good deal of rain have brought on us to drop electric power. We normally would not get rid of the whole electric power feed, but we would eliminate at minimum just one portion. We ran into that difficulty in the course of the first main hurricane. So, we could not pump, and that (dual feed) procedure proved to be unreliable, which is why we required a backup generator,” stated Hess.
With the backup generator, if the electric power goes down at the Gornto Station, it will mechanically swap on and offer the pumps with the ability essential to work. This is significant since if the pumps cannot function, the wastewater collected by that station can’t be transferred to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. With nowhere else to go, it can outcome in sewer procedure backups and spills.
The department is currently less than deal for 10 much more generators and transfer switches to be placed at other raise stations by the finish of the current fiscal yr. As soon as these ten are mounted, the Town will need to have only two extra turbines to attain its intention to have a backup electricity source at every town-operated elevate station.
For extra info, please contact the Utilities Division at 229-259-3592.