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Improved Emergency Response for Lift Station Failures Backup Pumps Versus Generators

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The City of Olathe, Kansas currently has twenty-one lift stations in service with one in the design phase. These stations help serve over 100,000 customers with sanitary sewer service. Olathe has been using a combination of site placed standby generators, portable generators, and portable standby pumps to provide backup power and/or pumping capacity at the sanitary lift stations for many years. Deployment of portable standby pumps and portable generators have always been time consuming, problematic, and a safety hazard. Fixed generators do fail to operate, don't support maintenance operations, and don't resolve motor or control failure. Where as pumps may fail, but can support maintenance operations, and do resolve motor or control failure.

Keywords: Failure; Generators; Lift Stations; Pumps

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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