Instrumentation, control and automation equipment associated with sewage pumping stations (SPS) is increasing steadily in sophistication. Navigating the technology, procurement, policy and standards for pumping station control whilst improving operational performance and reducing carbon and costs is a tough challenge. There is a need to share experience and good practice to ensure the best solutions are implemented in this fast-changing environment.
UK sewage pumping stations (SPS) cost about £50 million/year in energy costs and £160 million in maintenance costs. Improved SPS operation through implementation of good practice provides potential for significant cost savings including:
- Reduced energy and carbon costs.
- Avoidance of costly failures and any associated bad publicity.
- Reduced call-out costs through implementation of appropriate automation technology.
- Develop SPS functionality for smart network operation.
The SPS user group will provide up-to-date information through quarterly meetings where experience is shared, current issues raised, supplier claims examined and the power of a large group used to engage and influence the supply chain.