Pump Monitoring with FleetZOOM
FleetZOOM lift station monitoring for municipal water and wastewater
provide pump station telemetry for the entire network of large pumps
and tanks throughout a city or highway system that
move water from one elevation to another.
FleetZOOM pump monitors watch pumps and tanks that
provide drinking water to homes and businesses,
remove wastewater and even manage runoff by
pumping out large volumes of water in recessed
street areas such as underpasses, large dips in
the street or natural valleys.
Water will collect
in areas of the street if it is not pumped
out. The reliable operation and maintenance of
these pumps is usually the responsibility of the
city or the department of transportation where
the pump stations are located.
visits to pump stations by maintenance
personnel can help, continuous, real time,
remote pump station monitoring provides better service to the
city's residents. It saves the responsible city
or department of transportation a great deal of
money, while simultaneously improving the
quality of service. It also reduces the
likelihood of service interruption or
unexpected emergency maintenance.
Drinking water pump stations usually have at
least two pumps that alternate each pump cycle
for both redundancy and mechanical wear on the
pump impellers and motors. These systems are
commonly called duplex pump stations and in some
cases triplex pump stations when three pumps are
used for one site.
Each time the pump controller
determines pumping is needed, a toggling series
of motor starters alternates evenly to run each
pump to run every second or third pumping event.
The pump controller is responsible for starting
the pumps and makes decisions about when to run
the pumps based on a combination of wet well
(tank level), water pressure, and flow rates.
These parameters can be continuously
monitored with any of the FleetZOOM
pump monitoring devices and notify maintenance personnel if any
monitored signal gets out of its appropriate
A pump run time logger is used to monitor the duty cycle,
or the percentage of time the pumps are being
run and the run time for each pumping cycle. A
pump's life is unnecessarily shortened if the
pump is turned on and off too frequently.
FleetZOOM pump run time monitor can track each pump run time,
the total run time over a day, week or any
time frame needed for reporting. If the pump
is running too much, or turning on and off
too frequently, maintenance personnel are
notified so adjustments can be made to the
pump controller settings.
Many of the same monitoring features desired
for drinking water pump controls are utilized
on a wastewater pump monitor.
In typical wastewater lift
station systems a large wet well (or tank)
is utilized to store wastewater for short
periods of time which also enables the
substation to handle surges in wastewater
flow which are common during certain times
of each day.
Some wastewater lift stations
are not connected to municipal wastewater
systems at all, so "pumper trucks" have to
collect the wastewater periodically.
Without wastewater pump monitoring these pumping services have
to visit the tank far more often than
necessary to make sure the tank does not
overflow since the fill rate of the wet
well is variable.
remote pump station monitoring systems report the wet
well level and these unnecessary trips
can be avoided saving fuel, personnel time,
and ultimately saving the responsible city
or municipality a great deal of money.