Goodrich provides engines for record-size pump station commissioned for Everglades construction project
The South Florida Water Management District recently commissioned a new record-size pump station in Western Palm Beach County that will move cleansed water from agricultural areas into the Everglades.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 30, 2001 — The South Florida Water Management District recently commissioned a new record-size pump station in Western Palm Beach County that will move cleansed water from agricultural areas into the Everglades.
The BFGoodrich Company's Fairbanks Morse Engine Division provided the engines that power the station. The G-310 pump station and its companion station G-335 each have the world's largest "formed suction inlet pumps."
Each pump station could fill 3,558 Olympic-sized swimming pools in one day as both stations have six pumps each, two electric and four diesel, for a combined pumping capacity of 3,040 cubic feet per second. That's nearly 2 billion gallons per day. Fairbanks Morse provided six remanufactured engines, controls, and auxiliary equipment valued at approximately $4.0 million for the two stations.
In addition, the company supplied four 1,020 horsepower and two 1,700 horsepower remanufactured engines. All of the engines cores, including two 1,700 horsepower Fairbanks Morse engines rebuilt and supplied by the District, were acquired from decommissioned U.S. Navy vessels.
The stations are part of the larger Everglades Construction Project which calls for a combination of constructed wetlands, canals, levees, and pumping stations designed to reduce nutrients in storm-water runoff from the Everglades Agricultural Area. "Stormwater Treatment Area 1 West (STA-1 West) is currently the world's largest constructed wetland built to reduce phosphorous levels," said District executive director Frank Finch. "The new pump station will allow us to move cleaner, better quality water into the northernmost component of the Everglades ecosystem - the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge.
Harry Pepper & Associates, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida was the prime contractor on G-310 and G-335. Brown & Caldwell, with offices nationally, and Prescott Follett & Associates of New Orleans, Louisiana designed and provided construction support services for both facilities. Flowserve Pump Division provided the large vertical pumps. The total design and construction cost of G-310 was $27.7 million.
Fairbanks Morse has a long history of providing engines for South Florida Water Management's pumping stations. Station S-5A was completed in 1955 and contained six 10 cylinder engines connected to vertical water pumps. At the time of its completion, S-5A was the largest pump station of its kind in the world. Eight additional pumping stations are currently under construction that will utilize Fairbanks Morse engines. When all eight are complete, the District will have 48 Fairbanks Morse engines operating in their various pump stations.
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