Northwest Pump Station #1 Electrical Upgrades
When Fort Wayne City Utilities acquired an additional service area from another water provider in the northern portion of the Northwest High-Pressure Zone, that increased demand led to an upgrade of the Northwest Pump Station #1, including additional pumps to maintain current demand. Much of the existing electrical equipment remained and dates back to the mid-1980s when the station was original installed, with that equipment reaching or exceeding design expectancy. Failure of the electrical equipment and subsequent failure of the station would negatively impact Fort Wayne water service customers.
Wessler’s electrical team and field staff completed an evaluation of the existing equipment and recommended needed replacements. This evaluation included a review of the condition of the existing equipment, availability of parts and service, failure risk analysis and an evaluation for the use of variable frequency drives over soft starts.
At the completion of the evaluation, Wessler’s team began work on the design of the electrical improvement project that would allow City officials to contract for the procurement and replacement of the aging equipment.