Wastewater Pump Stations: How Do They Work?

Wastewater pump stations play a vital role in the nation’s water supply.

wastewater pump stationWastewater pump stations play an important role in our country’s water supply. They purify and provide clean healthy water for our use. Without these stations, we would not have enough water to continue to exist. We depend on the recycling of our wastewater supply to survive.

Wastewater pump stations move the water through a series of pipes and pump stations to the treatment plants to be cleaned and purified. At the treatment plant the water goes through a three step cleaning process. The first step is to remove the solids and oil from the water. The water is pumped into a tank and the solids sink to the bottom of the tank. The water then gets moved for the second step which is to remove all the biological matter. The water is then disinfected during the third step.

When the water completes the three step process and is clean and purified it is pumped back into the rivers, and various other bodies of water. Without these pump stations and treatment stations we would run out of our clean water supply.

For more about wastewater pump stations and their supplies contact WP Law today.

A Drip Irrigation System: How does it work?

Using a drip irrigation system for irrigating gardens and flower beds ensures the water goes where it is needed.

drip irrigation systemAs you are planning your spring planting don’t forget to plan for an irrigation system. There are several different types of irrigation systems that work well but for now let’s focus on the drip irrigation system and how it works.

The drip irrigation system delivers the water directly to the base of the flowers and plants. The water is slowly dripped at the base of the foliage which allows for the plants to slowly take in the needed water.

Drip irrigation systems work great for farms and small gardens, but are also great for using in flower beds and under trees and shrubs. Drip irrigation can also be used in hanging baskets and container gardens as well.

Drip irrigation systems are very ecofriendly because the water is dripped exactly where it is needed, less water is used. Additionally, by keeping the excessive water off of the plants it helps to prevent the invasion of many different pests and disease that can cause damage to the plants.

To find out more information about drip irrigation systems and information about pricing contact WP Law today.

Farm Irrigation Systems: Top 3 Questions

Farm irrigation systems play an important role in bringing the farmer’s crops to your table.

farm irrigation systemFarmers can’t always rely on the rain to bring water to their crops. It is too unpredictable for them to rely on. Therefore they need to install irrigation systems to ensure healthy and plentiful crops. There are many different types of irrigation that farmers use.

Here are the top three questions people ask about farm irrigation systems.

  1. What is the difference between drip irrigation and micro sprinkler irrigation? Both systems are considered low volume and low pressure systems. Drip irrigation supplies water to the crop at or near the root zone through the use of emitters. Water “drips” from these emitters at a very low rate, typically 1, or 2 gallons per hour. Micro sprinkler irrigation also applies water near the root zone by using small stake mounted sprinklers or jets. These micro-sprinklers apply water with a small spray or fan shaped pattern, usually at a rate of 10-15 gallons per hour. The spray pattern covers a larger area than drip emitters and is usually used to irrigate fruit trees such as peaches and citrus. Because these micro sprinklers are located beneath the tree canopy and are located only a few inches above the ground they offer many of the same benefits as drip irrigation (less evaporation, less runoff, higher efficiency, etc.).
  2. Why do farmers turn sprinklers on during frost warnings? Many early spring fruit crops such as strawberries require some type of frost protection system. Many farmers utilize an overhead sprinkler frost protection system. Sprinkler frost protection systems work because of the thermodynamic properties of water. When water changes from a liquid to a frozen state it loses heat (latent heat of fusion). The heat that the water loses keeps the plant tissue just above freezing. Farmers must continually run the sprinkler system during freezing temperatures because water must be constantly changing from a liquid to a frozen state. For this reason farmers will turn on the frost protection system before the air temperature drops below freezing and will run their system continually until the air temperature is well above freezing.
  3. How do you determine what type of irrigation to use? The type of irrigation system used usually depends on the crops you are growing. Vegetable or other truck crops usually use drip irrigation. Peaches and other tree-fruit crops are also well suited for drip irrigation and/or micro sprinklers but many growers also use overhead sprinklers such as “big guns” and traveling guns. Row crops typically use center pivot systems or traveling guns.

To find the answer to all your farm irrigation systems questions contact WP Law today.

Sewage Lift Pump Stations – 2 Benefits of Remote Monitoring

Sewage lift pump stations utilize remote monitoring to help prevent maintenance hassles and keep the operator well informed.

Sewage lift stations are vital in the process of purifying wastewater and supplying the community with clean water. A sewage lift station pumps raw sewage and wastewater to the wastewater treatment plant. The wastewater treatment plant processes the wastewater by removing the solids. The processed wastewater (effluent) can be further treated and returned to the water system or it can be land applied through a wastewater spray field. To monitor the entire process of purifying the water remote monitoring is used.

Two of the major benefits to using a remote monitoring system are:

  1. Warning of maintenance issues: The remote monitoring system tracks pump warnings on the temperature or other conditions. The remote monitoring system will alert the operator of conditions that may cause maintenance issues.
  2. Keeps the operator informed of the conditions: The operator will receive all the updates on the internet which include the running time, water pressure and power status. They can monitor the lift station at all times and always know the water pressure and levels.

Constant monitoring of the lift pump stations is required to prevent problems. Remote monitoring helps to keep the operator informed at all times of the conditions and provides very valuable information to ensure that the water keeps flowing.

Contact WP Law to find out more about lift pump stations remote monitoring and other equipment.

Your Lawn Sprinkler System – 4 Pumps to Choose From

When you’re creating your lawn sprinkler system, choosing the right pump makes a big difference.

lawn sprinkler systemHomeowners, who have a well or have access to surface water such as lakes, ponds, or streams, can save money by using a pump to supply their lawn sprinkler system. In some cases a permit must be obtained before accessing a public water source, these permits are usually easy to obtain and are in most cases relatively inexpensive. The cost savings realized with using a pump system compared to the cost of using a municipal water source can be significant. These cost savings easily offset the initial investment of the pump, usually providing a payback of 1-2 years.

When selecting a pump, it is best to consult with an irrigation professional. There are several pump options to choose from depending on your water source. Here are four to consider.

  • Centrifugal Pumps: A centrifugal pump is the most commonly used sprinkler irrigation pump. Centrifugal pumps are typically used to pump out of lakes, ponds, or streams. They are usually placed on shore and a suction pipe is run from the pump out into the water source. Centrifugal pumps must be primed (pump casing and suction line must be filled with water) before using.
  • Submersible Pump: A submersible pump is placed into the water source. Submersible pumps are usually used in wells but can be placed in ponds and lakes (check local electrical codes before doing this) if a water induction sleeve is used. Submersible pumps do not need to be primed since the pump intake is submerged in the water.
  • Self-Priming Centrifugal Pump: A self-priming centrifugal pump works the same as a standard centrifugal pump. The pump casing is larger and is designed to act as a tank to keep the pump impeller submerged. Despite what the name implies, the pump casing on self-priming pumps does need initial priming.
  • Booster Pump: A booster pump is usually a centrifugal pump that is installed in a municipal water line. Booster pumps are used when the water pressure is very low to increase the pressure.

For professional help choosing a sprinkler pump or designing a lawn sprinkler system, contact WP Law today.

Drip Water Systems – How Landscape Professionals Celebrate Plant a Flower Day

Drip water systems help to maintain a healthy and lush landscape so you can celebrate Plant a Flower Day knowing your flowers will flourish.

plant-a-flower-dayToday is Plant a Flower Day, so how are you going to celebrate it? A lot of landscape professionals take advantage of this day to help their clients create beautiful landscapes for their yards by planting beautiful flower beds.

To go along with their new landscapes don’t forget about the yard’s irrigation needs. In order for landscapes to flourish, proper watering is necessary. Drip water systems are perfect to install in flower beds.

Drip water systems help your clients save money and time. An added benefit of the drip system is that it conserves water to make for an ecofriendly landscape. By placing the system on a timer the homeowner won’t have to be bothered with remembering to turn the water on. The flower beds are guaranteed the water that is needed to grow healthy, beautiful flowers.

The drip system applies the water to the root system where the water is needed. Plants are healthier and are less prone to diseases caused by too much moisture. So on this Plant a Flower Day, join the other landscape professionals and plant some flowers!
To find out more about drip water systems contact us today!

Duct Piping for Chemical Applications

Duct Piping for Chemical Applications

In industrial processes there are many fumes, gases, and fluids that need to be exhausted or drained from the application process.

Chemical resistant PVC or CPVC duct is a good choice for most applications and temperatures. For more aggressive chemicals fiberglass FRP, PP, or PVDF duct piping may be considered.

Duct piping systems in PVC and CPVC material are light weight making handling and installation easier. Custom rectangular and square Duct can be fabricated in sizes 6” up to 30”.  Round PVC and CPVC duct material are available in sizes up to 60”. Scrubbers and hoods are also available in various materials.

Thermoplastic duct exhaust systems have a longer service life when compared to metal in the same corrosive environment.


Karen Smith

Industrial Sales

Agriculture Irrigation Systems – 3 frequently asked questions

Agriculture irrigation systems are a necessity to deliver healthy and abundant crops.

agriculture irrigation systemAgriculture irrigation systems play a major role in farming and in ensuring healthy and bountiful crops. There are many questions about irrigation and why it is important in the farming industry. Here are 3 frequently asked questions.

  • 1) What are the different types of irrigation?
    • Sprinkler Irrigation: Sprinkler irrigation is where the water is delivered through on overhead sprinkler system. There are different types of sprinkler irrigation that the farming industry uses.
    • Drip Irrigation: Drip irrigation is where the water is delivered by low volume, low pressure emitters or micro sprinklers directly to the root zone of the crop. Drip irrigation is primarily used on high-value crops such as fruits and vegetables.
    • Subsurface Drip Irrigation: Subsurface drip irrigation is essentially the same as drip irrigation except the emitter lines are buried underground. Subsurface drip irrigation is primarily used on high-value row crops such as corn and cotton.
  • 2) Where does the water come from? There are many sources for water used in farming irrigation. The most common are ponds, wells, lakes, rivers, collected rainwater and treated wastewater.
  • 3) What are the benefits of an irrigation system? Crops cannot grow without water. Rainfall is too unpredictable and sometimes scarce.

An irrigation system will ensure that the crops get the required amount of water needed to grow healthy and abundantly.
If you’re looking to install new agriculture irrigation systems on your farm, ask WP Law’s irrigation experts for a system that meets your land’s particular needs.

Garden Drip Irrigation Systems – Top 3 benefits you’ll enjoy

Garden drip systems will help keep your garden green while conserving water.

garden drip irrigation systemWith spring just around the corner it’s time to start planning for your home garden. During the planning stage, be sure to plan for an appropriate watering system. Garden drip systems are an excellent choice and have several benefits, here are the top three.

  • 1) Conserves Water: Because a garden drip system slowly drips water directly on to the root zone of the plant, it reduces the amount of water that is needed. This will help to create a healthier plant. By going directly to the root, the water isn’t as exposed to the elements therefore evaporation is limited.
  • 2) Keeps Plants Healthier: Garden drip systems can help keep plants healthier and reduce the possibility of disease. Many plants are prone to disease caused by too much moisture. Because the water is directed toward the root, the moisture stays off of the plant.
  • 3) Saves Money & Time: Because less water is used, you will save money on your water bill. By placing the system on a timer, you won’t have to take time out of your busy schedule to water. Additionally garden drip systems are ideally suited for injecting water soluble fertilizers.

For more information and pricing visit our garden drip system page.

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