30 October 2019

Pentair Awarded Project to Renovate Wastewater Treatment Pipeline Serving 35 Communities in West Brabant

Winterswijk (The Netherlands) – April 12th 2019 – Pentair, a leading global water treatment company, has been selected to supply ten Pentair Fairbanks Nijhuis sewage pumps for the renovation and renew...

Winterswijk (The Netherlands) – April 12th 2019 – Pentair, a leading global water treatment company, has been selected to supply ten Pentair Fairbanks Nijhuis sewage pumps for the renovation and renewal of the wastewater treatment pipeline of Water board Brabantse Delta. Commissioned by GMB Water Quality & Installations, Pentair will replace and expand the pumps of various wastewater pumping stations and an effluent pumping station. In addition, a long term maintenance contract has been awarded by the Water board.

The wastewater treatment pipeline runs from the Moerdijk industrial estate to the sewage treatment plant in Bath and is approximately 60 kilometers long. This makes the wastewater treatment pipeline one of the largest wastewater systems in the Netherlands. Edwin Wolterink, Project Manager at Pentair, explains: "This is a large-scale renovation project where Pentair will supply ten pumps for the wastewater pumping stations in Roosendaal, Bergen op Zoom and the effluent pumping station in Bath. The project has two major challenges that Pentair’s technology can help address: the clogging problem in the two wastewater pumping stations and the request to operate the effluent pumping station in an energy-efficient way. In this project we are going to replace the existing pumps and expand the number of pumps. The new pumps are optimized to be efficient, and will be custom made in order to fit into the existing installation, which will help reduce conversion costs."

Non-clogging impellers

The pumps in the two wastewater pumping stations will be equipped with non-clogging impellers. "The current pumps have to deal with downtime regularly due to clogging caused by the use of non-solvable fibers. The amount that ends up in the wastewater system continues to increase each year,” said Wolterink. “For the last ten years, we have focused on the problems caused by these non-solvable fibers, working to continually improve our impellers to help reduce downtime. Another advantage of our pumps is that they have a very wide operating range. The capacities of these pumps vary from 2,000 m3 per hour in dry weather to 20,000 m3 in case of rain. In all conditions pump performances are excellent, so drainage capacity is maximized at all times."

Multi-year maintenance contract

The wastewater treatment pipeline collects wastewater from households and businesses from 35 villages and cities in West Brabant. As the wastewater pumping stations and the effluent pumping station must stay in operation during renovation, the project will be executed in phases including the replacement and installation of the pumps In addition to the contract to supply pumps for this project, Pentair was also awarded a 15-year maintenance contract by the Water board. “All in all, this project is a multi-year assignment in which we completely facilitate our customer; from design and production to installation and maintenance," said Wolterink.

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