St. Louis sewer district picks Foxboro control system for wastewater plant

Oct. 13, 2004
Foxboro Automation Systems, a unit of Invensys Process Systems, has been awarded a $1.1 million contract by the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD). I/A Series technology will provide a highly reliable automation backbone across entire district...

FOXBORO, MA, Oct. 12, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Foxboro Automation Systems, a unit of Invensys Process Systems, has been awarded a $1.1 million contract by the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD).

Under this contract, Foxboro will provide an advanced I/A Series automation system for the new, state-of-the-art Lower Meramec River Wastewater Treatment Plant under construction on a 200 acre facility located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Meramec Rivers. Designed to initially treat 15 million gallons per day of influent, the District has designed the new plant so that it could be expanded to ultimately handle up to 56 million gallons per day.

"We've designed the entire Lower Meramec Wastewater Treatment Facility with the future in mind," said Brian Hoelscher, the District's director of engineering. "In addition to providing appropriate control and monitoring capabilities for today's requirements, Foxboro's well-proven automation technology provides the flexibility and expandability we'll need to be able to expand or consolidate our various facilities for more efficient operation in the future."

The new Lower Meramec River plant will incorporate the latest I/A Series automation technology to enhance operations, reduce costs, and help ensure governmental compliance. This includes state-of-the-art Switched Ethernet networking in highly reliable "mesh" network configurations, new field-mounted I/A Series control processors, and remote input/output (I/O) devices with digital communications to the field instrumentation.

Plans are also in place to ultimately network the I/A Series control system being installed in the new plant with the Foxboro systems already installed in existing District treatment plants. The objective is to create a District-wide control network that will help to further improve operations and reduce costs, while meeting all governmental regulations for discharge standards.

About Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is working hard to be recognized as a major contributor to the St. Louis region's quality of life by playing a leadership role in ensuring environmental protection and providing innovative and cost-effective wastewater and stormwater management services. MSD's mission as the "clean water people," is to provide sewer service and stormwater management to protect the public's health and safety.

About Invensys Process Systems
Process Systems, a business unit of Invensys plc, provides products, services and solutions for the automation and optimization of industrial process plants. Invensys Process Systems includes industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware, and Avantis, whose products are installed in more than 100,000 plants across the world. A publicly traded company, the Invensys Group ( is headquartered in the United Kingdom. It employs 35,000 people in 60 countries.


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