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A Pump Station Designed by Third Graders: How a Typical Pump Station Upgrade Became a Valuable Community Asset

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When the Alexandria Sanitation Authority (ASA) decided to upgrade our Four Mile Run Pump Station (FMRPS), we used the project as an opportunity to create a community asset that highlighted our role in protecting the environment. This decision has already enhanced ASA's relationship within the community and will continue to do so as the project progresses. Originally constructed in 1954, the FMRPS has effectively reached the end of its useful life. ASA intends to upgrade and/or replace the existing pump station with a new one to continue to provide safe and reliable service. ASA has retained Brown and Caldwell to design a new pump station that is consistent with ASA's triple bottom line philosophy that weighs social, environmental, and economic considerations. This project also includes an investigation into the condition of the force main from the FMRPS. The force main is the same age as the FMRPS and, as a result, part of the scope of this project is to determine if the force main requires repair and/or replacement.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2011-01-01

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