The residents of Woodville, Ohio, rely on the town’s water treatment plant for pure, high-quality water. Plant operators rely on hydrated lime treatment to deliver on that promise. To maximize efficiency, the town approved a major upgrade of their hydrated lime system and plant controls, moving from a manually operated system to fully automated control.
One aspect of the project was the installation of a new dust collector on top of the existing lime silo. However, deeper inspection of the silo by the general contractor revealed that its aging structure — built in the 1940s — would not support the dust collector. The decision was made to replace the silo. Integrity Municipal Systems (IMS) was selected to provide a 25-ton, 1,450-cubic-foot hydrated lime storage silo, feed system and dust collector.
Accommodating the Schedule
The pre-assembled IMS silo arrived fully piped, wired and factory tested, accelerating installation. Unfortunately, changes to the project schedule pushed the silo installation back three months. IMS agreed to store the silo at no charge during this period.
“That was an added value offered to us,” said Keith Kruse, Woodville’s village administrator, noting that this avoided the added expense of storage, loading and transporting the silo from a storage site.
A Supportive Partner
In the months since the IMS silo was installed, Kruse reports that operation has gone smoothly. When the silo first went online, there was a hiccup with the feeder’s fluffing/vibration function.
“The IMS team came out and resolved the problem quickly. Since then, it has worked fine,” Kruse said. “IMS has been very responsive. Whenever we’ve had a question or concern, it’s been nice to know they are there to help. That’s been very reassuring.”
While the new silo was not originally part of the plant upgrade plan, Kruse said it was a great addition. The data from the silo is contributing to achieving the Woodville plant’s goal of fully automated, “hands off” operation.
“Before, if there was an issue with the plant, we might not find out until after the fact. I would have to send someone in to assess the problem and make a repair. Now we know when the plant is not operating at the typical parameters and be proactive in addressing any issues,” he said. WW
About the Authors: Kyle Lindberg is the engineering manager in Zeeland, Mich., home of the and principal IMS manufacturing facility and Lime Slaker products.
Khaled Roueiheb is director of sales for IMS, with more than 20 years in the water and wastewater industry.
Ankur Shah is director of marketing/business development for IMS, where he is focused on creating a diverse range of marketing materials including case studies, 3D product models, website enhancements and expanded IMS’ presence on social media.