Cost-saving electrical upgrades to benefit GMW customers

Thursday 7 October, 2021

Electrical upgrades at Goulburn-Murray Water’s (GMW) Tungamah pump station will improve reliability in water supply for customers.

GMW has been working with contractor SCD Tech to bring aging electrical equipment at the pump station, which provides stock and domestic water to customers along a pressurised pipeline from the Shepparton irrigation network, up to current standards.

GMW Project Delivery manager Stuart Nield said the control system’s Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) had been replaced, enhancing pump station control and ensuring future system reliability.

“This upgrade has enhanced the transmission of control system signals and maintained the productivity savings associated with operating staff not having to regularly attend site for customer water flow monitoring and operational changes,” he said.

Improvements have also been made to the pump duty cycle, pump and filter monitoring with more operational controls and efficient maintenance of discharge pressure; as well as graphics and more technical and operational visibility on the operator interface panel.

“It has improved the overall efficiency of the pump station by optimising the operation of the electrical and mechanical assets,” Mr Nield said.

“In short, it has increased the operational life of the pump station.

“The benefits to customers include improved reliability of the pump station to supply stock and domestic water.”