Common issues with lift station management

Common issues with lift station management

In order to provide safe and sanitary water – wastewater systems depend heavily on lift stations to be able to help them carry out their function. These pumps are the heart of every water treatment system and without them – they can’t do their job. 

While these are great tools, they’re often complex and different in terms of what kinds of functions they can perform. In addition, monitoring them is a challenge for even the best trained water treatment professionals. Today, we’re going to talk about some of those challenges and most importantly – how many of them can be addressed by adding a remote digital monitoring control panel into the mix. Let’s jump right in!

They’re expensive to monitor

Monitoring such as the status of the pump and faulty conditions is difficult and at times, costly. Not only do you have to send people out to make an assessment, but you don’t always A) get an accurate assessment and B) get a read on what many of the underlying issues may be. This costs money – not just in staffing, but also in diagnosing the issue and correcting it. While it’s true – digital control panels will cost you more up front – they pay for themselves over time by eliminating nearly all of these issues and even in some cases – allowing you to identify issues before they become significant problems. 

Poor alarms

Many lift station alarms don’t notify operators in time. They are either worn out, faulty or are simply just not very good at tipping off operators as to their issues. In addition, even when there are alarms for specific issues with a system, they don’t or won’t always tell you the entire story of what’s wrong with your lift station. Digital control panels can be monitored remotely and you’ll know what’s wrong, why it’s wrong and you’ll be able to act quickly to correct and address the issue. 

Poor scalability

Lift stations are not a one-size-fits-all proposition. In fact, they vary wildly in terms of their complexity, modernity and cost to operate and maintain. Industry standard systems don’t always do a good job of scaling down to meet these needs of these lift stations individually. While they’re certainly better than nothing, they’re not able to be configured in a way and manner that works specifically for that particular lift station. Digital control panels on the other hand are all about customization -so you know that what is keeping its eye on your system – is doing just that. 

Lift stations are an invaluable asset to a water treatment system. Being able to monitor them from a distance, cut down on costs and accurately diagnose, assess and fix problems keeps you and your staff ahead of the game – and better equipped to carry out your primary function: providing clean water to the masses. 

If you’d like to learn more about digital control panels and how they can help your business, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to offer you a free consultation. Until then, good luck!

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